Certain adjectives, nouns and verbs take a preposition after the word in the sentence. Some, in fact take more than one and the meaning can be similar or very different. Unfortunately, there are no rules for these prepositions and the best way to learn them is by noticing them and trying to use them as frequently as possible. But not everything is bad news and a dictionary can help you with this tedious part of the English language.
Here’s an activity for some practice but there are as hundreds of other formations so, remember to look for these samples when reading.
I’m certainly not going to teach all these verbs together because it’s far too much and you can bet that students will be dropping off in the classroom, tears in their eyes and yawns to and fro of pure, sheer and utter boredom. Nope, I try not to bore students but sometimes the things we have to deal with can be SO tedious! Anyway, I would much rather split these verbs up into smaller (and somehow more digestible) groups, so here’s the first one that introduces some of the reporting verbs that we can use in the topic of ‘Crime and Punishment’ Watch the video created using ‘bitable for creating videos’ and after, try to do the interactive activity.
Hello! Do you like travelling? Have you ever got yourself into a mess due to that you were ignorant of a particular law or regulation from a country you were visiting? To tell you the truth, this activity was suggested to me by one of my workmates and I was really surprised to find out that things such as, allowing your donkey to have a nap in the bathtub in Oklahoma or passing wind after 6 pm in Florida, actually means breaking the law. I suppose none of these things are on anybody’s mind when planning a holiday, but just in case, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check on some foreign laws, just to be on the safe side. 😉
This is a vocabulary and grammar activity that I have adapted from a text from dailymail.co.uk (thank you dailymail! ), that aims for some Use of English practice. If you enjoy it, feedback is very welcome.