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Post time 2007-4-1 21:55:35 |Display all floors
There's a big monster called preposition standing in the way of my English writing.I often got confused for the difference between them.
As you know,the paraphrases of the prepositions in the dictionary are so abstract that I just can't understand very well.
Sometimes I even persuade myself to abide by the philosophy which is"don't ask why,just memorize".It seemed effective at the beginning,but.....
There's a million of miles to go till the prepositions could be mastered.
Do you have any ideas about it? I really long for your opinion.Please

the obstacles are here:for,on,at,in,of,over,about,with,by
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Post time 2007-4-1 22:25:28 |Display all floors

it is not easy

Originally posted by zhanghongxu at 2007-4-1 21:55
There's a big monster called preposition standing in the way of my English writing.I often got confused for the difference between them.
As you know,the paraphrases of the prepositions in the dict ...



It is difficult to manage it.Only when I lived in England for some years I overcame this difficulty.Try to read books.

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Post time 2007-4-3 17:55:07 |Display all floors

thank you,really helpful

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Post time 2007-4-4 12:59:22 |Display all floors
I happened to drop a few lines somewhere, which may not give you a complete answer. As a Chinese myself, I have also learned English the hard way. Understanding the conceptual metaphors will shed some light on it.

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Metaphorical speaking in day to day life

It is common thought that metaphors only belong to poetic language or high art or pure literature or something extraordinary far beyond our every day life. On the contrary, metaphors are so commonplace that we use them unconsciously and automatically, with little effort that we hardly notice them.

Rather than taking on the theory of metaphor head-on, we will explore its territories  with a handful of examples. Hope it will help us to feel English and our mother tongue, Chinese, more deeply and profoundly in both writing and speaking in particular, and to give a clue why one can speak vividly in his mother tongue, but can't in his second language unless he grasps a few tricks of day-to-day metaphors.

Here are a few examples.

metaphor, the visual field is a container

  The ship was coming into view.
   She was watching him until he was out of sight.

various kinds of states can be conceptualized as containers.

   He is in love
   He fell into a depression.
   She was slowly getting into shape.
   He are out of trouble.

Idea is resource

   I was running out of ideas
   We have used up all our methods.

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Post time 2007-4-4 17:16:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by zhanghongxu at 2007-4-1 21:55
There's a big monster called preposition standing in the way of my English writing.I often got confused for the difference between them.
As you know,the paraphrases of the prepositions in the dict ...



You need grammar lessons.....
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2007-4-4 20:12:46 |Display all floors
I'm a little confused at that,too. But sometimes it seems ok when you say it, but not when you write it. Writing is much more demanding, and requires acurate use of words. Language is a deep, deep and deep tunnel when you start learning it through every word.......
That's why I don't like it. To communicate freely is enough for me.

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Post time 2007-4-5 08:09:29 |Display all floors
A few more …

Emotional Self Is A Brittle Object
- 1 She was shattered by his death.

- 2 She was crushed by what he said.

- 3 He broke down in tears.

- 4 He went all to pieces.

- 5 I'm very emotionally fragile right now.

- 6 She fell apart.

Mind, Or Mental Self Is A Brittle Object
-- 1 He cracked up.

-- 2 His mind snapped.

-- 3 He's mentally fragile.

Hopefulness Is an Object
- 1 I have hope that he will return

- 2 I've lost all hope of a solution

- 3 He recovered his hopes for a peace on earth

- 4 We gave up hope

- 5 She clings to the hope that he will return

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