Using ‘this’ or ‘next’ to describe a coming day of the week

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There is sometimes disagreement among English speakers when labelling days in a sequence with this and next, and you may hear people say either this or next to refer to the coming day. If you study sequences of time more carefully, it can help you to understand why this is, and how you can clarify what an English speaker means by, for example “This Friday” or “Next Friday.” Continue reading

A mixed prepositions exercise: time and place with at, in, on and more

mixed prepositions exerciseChoosing between prepositions can be confusing, especially as the same words can follow different rules for different uses. My previous articles explaining the differences between at, in and on for time and place and the differences between since, for and ago for time showed how these prepositions can be used differently, with a brief exercise to practice. This is a follow-up exercise, mixing time and place uses, and containing a few other prepositions (such as by and to). This exercise takes the form of a brief story, to help you remember as your practice your prepositions: Continue reading

At, in and on: prepositions of time and place

at on in prepositionsAt, In and On are commonly confused because they are used in similar situations – mostly to demonstrate time and place. These notes will help you to identify the different uses of  these prepositions, and to use them correctly.

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For, since and ago for times – comparison and exercise

for since agoFor, since and ago are all prepositions that can be used for time. When talking about time, they each cover specific times, usually to demonstrate the duration of an action or event. This article explains the difference between them, and when they can and can’t be used together – with an exercise to practice.  Continue reading

Why we say “make a change to it” but “change it”

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Using make with a noun creates a more complex sentence than cases where it is possible to use the noun as a verb. For example:

  • I want you to make a change to this picture.
  • I want you change this picture.

In these sentences, change is used as a noun and a verb. When used as a noun, with the verb to make, it requires additional words – a and to, to fit into the sentence. When we use change as a verb, it relates to the object of the sentence directly. Here’s why: Continue reading

On Display vs In a Display: preposition use

on display in a display prepositionsWe can say a painting is on display in the museum or in a display at the museum. The difference is that on display describes the general action, that the painting is being displayed, while in a display says it is part of an event. This uses a fundamental difference between the prepositions on and in. Continue reading

“At the end” vs “in the end” explained with examples

in the end, at the end, difference, prepositions

  • At the end of the day we went home. In the end, it was a long day.
  • At the end of the game, our team won. In the end, our team won.
  • We were happy in the end. We weren’t happy at the end of the movie.
  • The heroes won in the end. The heroes celebrated at the end of their journey.
  • The use of the phrases was clear in the end, because it was explained at the end of the list of examples:

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