Everybody laughed at me when I said I was going to Spain for a quiet holiday.
The hotels were half empty and there was hardly anyone in the pool. We don’t have to deal with taxis.
We don’t have to worry about money.
Look we’ve found this Chiringuito with a three-course menu for the price of a bad takeaway in England.
The waiter seems not to be concentrating on his job. He hasn’t seen them.
He is not used to hurrying. It is better that way.
He came over to apologize for not seeing them. I am tired.
The Spanish have only just finished eating their lunch and the English are starting to come out for dinner.
What wine would you like? I prefer water to wine, grazie.
That’s Italian darling. In Spain, they say gracias.
You remind me of someone on the television, Rodney Trotter.
You’re right about that. I’m not sure I was meant to be multilingual.
You are not angry with me, are you?
No, I’m not keen on fried food. I think I will go for the salad as a starter.
They have given me the menu in German. I am a touch out of practice with German.
That was a nice meal.
All is well that ends well.
Prepositional verbs are also known as verbs + preposition. They are very different to phrasal verbs.
Why are they different?
A prepositional verb has a grammatical preposition. This means that the preposition is there to introduce the direct object and is not there to alter the meaning of the main verb. In addition, prepositional verbs are inseparable.
You can not say: What do you excel?
You need the preposition to understand the sentence.
What do you excel at?
What did you apologise for?
and so on.
So they are inseparable.
Finally, it is essential to learn the combinations. The combinations stem from common usage. There aren’t any clear rules that govern the use of prepositional verbs.
In some cases, a verb can work with several prepositions, one, two or three different prepositions and have the same meaning.
You can talk/speak about something
You can talk/speak of something
The meaning is the similar.
The meaning is really identical in fact and others like FIGHT can be followed by different prepositions and give a completely different meaning to the sentence.
They fight against abuse.
We are therefore in a negative context
They fight against something
They fight for freedom.
This is a positive context
Then we have this verb here: “arrive”
which is also quite peculiar
“arrive at” or “arrive in”
Never “arrives TO”*
I travel to…
I walk to…
However, ARRIVE can not be followed by TO
when we’re talking about location
or changing location
you say: to arrive at the airport.
to arrive in London
Otherwise, I highlighted some tricky words here mainly because of its spelling this is commonly misspelled word.
to separate > it’s not an -E, it’s an -A
We can say:
“You trust someone ∅”
But “trust someone with”
When you introduce an object you must use a preposition and and object
Here I’ve circled “OBJECT” because it is said “to Object” (accented on the last syllable)
and not “To OBject”* (accented on the first syllable)
“OBject” (accented on the first syllable) is a name
and “To ObJECT” (accented on the last syllable) is a verb.
These are also common mistakes
“TO DEPEND” works only “ON”
“It depends ON the weather”
“What are you listening TO?”
“I Listened TO a radio program”
or “TV show”
Not “LISTEN SOMETHING” *
Do not forget that they are inseparable and that they need prepositions.
Do the English eat later than the Spanish?
No, it is the other way round.
Do you like fried food?
Not very much as it is not very good for you.
What time of year do daffodils start to come out?
In early spring.
Was the restaurant full of people?
No, there was hardly anyone.
Do you worry about money?
Yes, I think most people do, to a degree.
Do you like wine?
It depends and only then, in moderation.
Does he remind you of someone?
Yes, he looks like George Clowney.
Were you meant to be here?
No, I was supposed to be in the next room.
Did you say you were angry?
No, I said I was hungry.
I don’t like to hurry my food, do you?
No, it gives me indigestion.
Now test time, how would you pronounce these words?