Lesson #13

Prepositional Phrases (Theory)

A. Remember the following prepositional phrases.

hire/rent

least

the first place

schedule

a change

the move

sure/certain

post/air mail

an excursion

accident

other words

once

board

short

ones own

instance

a trip/tour

private

public

cash

chance

cheque

a good/bad mood





Examination Practice

B. Read the following sentences and complete them with prepositions in, on, at, under or without.

1. All assignments are due tomorrow fail.

2. A computer chooses the lottery random.

3. Our house has been the market for over two months but we havent been able to sell it yet.

4. Everyone was a state of shock after the devastating news.

5.I was a loss for words when I was told I had won the prize.

6. The road works progress are responsible for the traffic jams.

7. I cant go out tonight. Im feeling a bit the weather.

8. The train is sight. It will be pulling in any minute now.

9. Dianne was refused entry to the club because she was age.

10. Final-year students are a lot of pressure to pass their exams.

11. I have bought this gym equipment approval. I can return it within fifteen days.

12. My wife isnt here at the moment because shes away business.





Examination Practice

C. Read the text and insert the right prepositions in the spaces provided.

Can I help you, madam?


A woman 0 in blue jeans stood 1 the window 2 an expensive shop. Though she hesitated 3 a moment, she finally went 4 and asked to see a dress that was 5 the window. The assistant who served her did not like the way she was dressed. Glancing 6 her scornfully, he told her that the dress was sold. The woman walked 7 8 the shop angrily and decided to punish the assistant next day. She returned 9 the shop the following morning dressed 10 a fur coat, 11 a handbag 12 one hand and a long umbrella 13 the other. 14 seeking 15 the rude assistant she asked 16 the same dress. Not realizing who she was, the assistant was eager to serve her this time. 17 great difficulty, he climbed 18 the shop window to get the dress. As soon as she saw it, the woman said she did not like it. She enjoyed herself making the assistant bring almost everything 19 the window before finally buying the dress she has first asked 20 .





Examination Practice

D. Use the question words below to complete the questions.

whom

why

how

when

what

where

whose

how long

how many

how much

1.

did Betty leave so early?

2.

classes have you got on Tuesday?

3.

did George buy?

4.

did Alice go for her weekend?

5.

will it cost?

6.

does it take you to bake the cake?

7.

does he know from the newspaper?

8.

car is this?

9.

did she get to her office today?

10.

did Kate move to the country?





Examination Practice

E. Make up 5 types of interrogative sentences from the affirmative one:

I had already finished my homework when my brother came back home from school yesterday.

1.

General

2.

Special

3.

Alternative

4.

Disjunctive
Tag-question

5.

Question to the noun





Examination Practice

F. Report the statements

1.

Betty said to Lucy, Im sorry to disturb you.

2.

Dan said, Ive missed my bus, Ill be late and my boss will be angry.

3.

The girl said to her friends, I didnt go to the stadium yesterday.

4.

My brother said, Im talking on the phone now.

5.

Nora says to Jack, Ill tell you what to do.

6.

Lora said, I wish I had something to eat.

7.

Bill said, Ive been ill for a fortnight.

8.

She said, Ive never set eyes on him in my life.

9.

He said, Bill wants to know if you are free tomorrow.

10.

Jane says, When the doorbell rang I was playing the violin.





Examination Practice

G. Report the questions.

1.

She asked him, Why did you make me go out tonight?

2.

I said to Jim, Where were you last month?

3.

She says to me, Do you think it is right?

4.

The writer said to the editor, Will the book have been published by spring?

5.

He says, What are you doing there, Liz?

6.

She asked me, Are these articles still being printed?

7.

He said to her, Why dont you spend a few days with Alice?

8.

Lilly asked Kate, Have you got married?

9.

Lucy asked John, Why wasnt the doctor sent for?

10.

He said to Jim, When was all this decided?





Examination Practice

H. Report the following requests and orders.

1.

The teacher, Dont be late, Peter.

2.

The guard, Turn back.

3.

George, Dont speak over the phone when Im listening to music, Betty.

4.

The guide, Mind the step.

5.

Mother, Dont eat so many cakes, children.

6.

Peter, Wait for me, Ann.

7.

The teacher, Dont forget to take your textbook, Jim.

8.

Mum, Remember to post the letter, Kate.

9.

Sue, Dont leave the door open.

10.

The officer, Open the fire.