In today’s English lesson I am at the beach talking about ‘prepositions of place’. Prepositions of place are words like in, on, at, around, through, over, under, beneath, towards and away. I am going to use prepositions like these to talk about my visit to the beach.

– I am standing ‘on’ the sand.
– I am walking ‘across’ the beach.
– I am walking ‘towards’ the promenade.
– The promenade is the road running ‘beside’ the beach.
– There are some railings at the ‘side’ of the promenade.
– I could jump ‘up’ ‘onto’ the promenade.
– I could crawl ‘on’ my hands and knees ‘beneath’ (or ‘below’) the railings.
– I could step ‘through’ the railings.
– I could climb ‘over’ the railings.
– There’s someone running ‘along’ the promenade.
– There is someone walking ‘along’ the beach (or ‘across’ the sand).
– There is someone walking with their dog ‘along’ the shore (the seashore).
– I would love to go for a swim ‘in’ the sea.
– I’d love to swim ‘through’ those waves.
– If I had a surfboard I could surf ‘along’ the waves or ‘over’ the waves.
– if I fell off my surfboard I would probably crash ‘through’ the waves.
– I’m now walking ‘towards’ the sea.
– I’m walking ‘away’ ‘from’ the beach huts.
– There’s some people cycling ‘along’ the promenade (see important note below).
– Do you wish you could join me here ‘at’ the beach (or ‘at’ the seaside).
– I would love to take my shoes ‘off’ and wiggle my toes ‘in’ the sand.
– There’s a dog digging ‘in’ the sand. It’s standing ‘on’ the sand.
– He’s digging with his paws ‘in’ the sand.
– The sea is ‘behind’ (me).
– The beach huts are ‘in-front’ of me.
– When I get home shortly ‘after’ (preposition of TIME) my walk, I can say that I have come ‘from’ the beach.
– I’m going to continue my walk ‘along’ the beach.

I hope you enjoyed this English lesson and that you found it helpful to Speak English with David using ‘prepositions of place’.

Important Note:

In the video I used the contracted form of ‘there is’ (there’s) to refer to a plural noun (people). Grammatically that is incorrect and (by classroom standards) I should have used the contracted plural form of ‘there are’ (there’re).

I discussed this point with some (native) English speaking friends this morning (not teachers). We all agreed that although grammatically incorrect, we would all normally use the contracted form of ‘there is’ (there’s) to refer to the plural noun (people).

We all agreed that using ‘they’re’ neither sounded or felt right because none of us ever used that contracted form. There may be regional variations coming into play here. However; just to confuse things, we all agreed that if we were not using the contracted form, we would use ‘there are’ (grammatically correct) and not ‘there is’. So we would say either:

– There’s some people cycling ‘along’ the promenade (grammatically incorrect).

or

– There are some people cycling ‘along’ the promenade (grammatically correct).

This is a good example of how grammatically correct English (as taught in the classroom), can be different to the English that is spoken by native speakers.

Let me know if there is anything you don’t understand.

David

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