Correct use of the place preposition “on” in a full sentence

The place preposition “on” is used to describe something that’s physically touching another object and is usually resting on the object’s topmost surface.  For example, it is on the table. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that “it” is physically touching the top of the table, “it” is resting on the table’s top surface. 

Another example, the cat is on the roof. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that the cat is outside and resting on top of the roof. 

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Correct use of the place preposition “in” in a full sentence

The place preposition “in” is used to describe something that’s inside of something else. For example, he is in the house. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that the man, “he,” is surrounded by (in) the house. 

Another example, the cat is in the hat. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that the cat is inside the hat. 

How to use the place preposition “in” in a full sentence

Simply put, “in” is used to describe an object that’s inside something else. Here are a few examples commonly used in English:

The cat is in the box.

The guitar is in the case. 

My chopstick is in the sink. 

She jogged in the park. 

Let’s look at the sentence “She jogged in the park.” Notice the use of noun, verb, the place preposition “in,” the definite article “the” and a final noun. The above pattern can be used to create sentences that correctly use the place preposition “in.” 

A syntax (word order) tree is included for a visual representation of the sentence.

A syntax (word order) tree is included for a visual representation of the sentence. 

Remember, English uses 150 prepositions, but, don’t let this fact frighten you, learning a few common preposition phrases, such as in, on, above, under, and besides will make you sound like a native English speaker.

Should I use the article “the” with the place preposition “in”

The definite article “the” is MOST OFTEN used after the place preposition “in.” Remember, “the” is placed before an object of known identity. And so, “the park,” from the previous example, is known to both the speaker and listener. 

Here is another example, the keys are in the car. In this sentence, “the car” is known. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that your keys are in your car (or the last car you were in). However, the keys aren’t in a car of unknown identity. 

Other uses of the preposition “in”

How to use the word colloquially

You may hear a native English speaker say “I’m in.” This DOES NOT mean that the speaker is surrounded by something. It means that they’re willing to participate in a previously mentioned activity. Here’s an example of dialogue: 

“Eric, do you want to go to the movie?”

“Yeah, I’m in.” 

Examples of the place preposition “in”

The teacher is in the faculty room.

Mikaela put the book in the box. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: What do you have in your bag?

Q2: Do you like putting things in your pocket? Why or why not?

Q3: Make your own sentence. 

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Correct use of the article “the” in a full sentence

The article “the” is used before any singular or plural uncounted noun with a known identity. 

For example, I like the car. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that you’re speaking of a specific car. 

Additionally, you could say, I like the car that is automatic. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that you’re speaking about a specific automatic car.

Remember, by adding an ‘s’ to the end of a noun, the noun becomes plural.

When should I use the article “the”

The article “the” is a definite article. It refers to an uncounted noun of known identity. For example, the car is blue.

The articles “the” and counted nouns

The article “the” can’t be used with counted nouns. For example, I see three cars. In this sentence, the plural noun “cars” is counted. There are three of them. In this case, the word “the” is not used. 

Sentences without an article

The article “the” isn’t always used before a noun. The article “the” is never placed before an Abstract Noun. For example, ‘We want peace’. 

Remember, any idea, emotion, or thing you can’t physically see, taste, hear, smell or touch is called an Abstract Noun.

Examples

The situation seemed bleak.

Peace is what we need. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: ___ love is the greatest gift of all.

Answer: no article

Q2: He gave me _____book he was holding

Answer: the

Q3: Make your own sentence & drop it in the comments 

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How to use article A and An – a Poem

Here’s a poem by one of our teachers, Zahra, to help you remember how to use the articles “a” and “an”.

AN always stands 

in front of a noun,

that has AEIOU

as the vowel sound


AN angry old man 

eats AN egg for lunch,

then he eats AN orange

with a Munch, Munch, Munch.


A stands in front 

of all the other nouns,

all the nouns with

consonant sounds.


A happy old lady

eats A muffin for lunch,

then she eats A carrot

with a Crunch, Crunch, Crunch.

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Correct use of the article “a” and “an” in a sentence

The articles “a” and “an”

The article “a” is placed before a singular noun that begins with a consonant sound. 

For example,  a car. 

The article “an” is placed before a singular noun that begins with a vowel sound. 

For example, an apple. 

Remember, vowels are words beginning with the letter a, e, i, o, u 

When should I use the article “a” or “an

The article “a” is used before a noun with an unknown identity. For example, ‘I’m going to buy a car’. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that you will buy a car but you aren’t aware of the make and model of the car you will purchase. 

The same is true for the article “an.” For example, ‘I will eat an apple’. By saying this, you’re telling the listener that you aren’t aware of which apple you will eat. 

The particles “a” and “an” aren’t the same as the article “the”

The articles “a” and “an” are indefinite. They refer to a noun of an unknown identity. As we mentioned earlier, “a car,” can be any car with any specification.

The article “the” refers to a noun of known identity. For example, ‘The car is blue’. 

Examples

She is a happy girl.

He gave an explanation

Let’s practice 

Q1: He is ____honest man. 

Answer: an

Q2: Do you have _____dog? 

Answer: a

Q3: Make your own sentence. 

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Color Idioms: A Rainbow with Words

Native speakers often use idioms in conversation, and thus being familiar with idioms would allow learners of English to understand conversations in depth.

An idiom is a way of saying something in a more fancy way! An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own. Confused ? Take the example “It’s raining cats and dogs” – this is an idiom which means it is raining very heavily, and not that cats and dogs are actually falling from the sky!

Idioms are easier to learn and remember if we put them into groups. Let us look at a few examples from one such group that we could call color idioms!


Idioms With the Color Pink


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Tickled pink

idiom
meaning

Greatly pleased

e.g.

  • Mary was tickled pink when she got the best student award!

Pink slip

idiom
meaning

A notice of dismissal from one’s job

e.g.

  • He has to look for a new job, he got a pink slip from his boss today.

In the pink

idiom
meaning

Healthy, in very good condition

e.g.

  • Susan had a minor surgery a few days ago, but is in the pink now!


Idioms With The Color Red


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Caught red-handed

idiom
meaning

Found in the very act of a crime

e.g.

  • He was caught red-handed stealing money from my purse!

Red-carpet treatment

idiom
meaning

The kind of courtesy given to persons of high position or station

e.g.

  • When the CEO visited the branch office, he was given red-carpet treatment.

See red

idiom
meaning

Become very angry

e.g.

  • Whenever I see someone mistreating animals, I see red!


Idioms With The Color White


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White collar worker

idiom
meaning

non-manual worker

e.g.

  • He looked like a white collar worker doing a regular 9-to-5 job.

As white as a sheet

idiom
meaning

Very pale as a result of fear or shock

e.g.

  • She turned as white as a sheet when she found that all the money in her bank account was stolen by some hacker!

A white elephant

idiom
meaning

A possession that is useless and often expensive to maintain

e.g.

  • My uncle gave me his old Rolls Royce, but it turned out to be a white elephant, too expensive to maintain!

Other Idioms With Color

There are many such idioms with colors like yellow, black, green, silver, etc. Search for a few so that you can discuss them with the teachers at Eigooo!

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Abstract Nouns and Collective Nouns

Remember that Nouns are words referring to people, animals, places, things, or ideas.

Every noun has different types.

How can we identify the type of a Noun?

Few types of Nouns are:
Abstract Noun, Collective Noun, etc

Abstract Nouns

Any ideas, emotions, and other “things” you can’t physically see, taste,
hear, smell, or touch is called Abstract Noun.

Collective Nouns

Any number of people or
things or groups and collections are known as Collective Noun.

Examples:

Abstract nouns:

  • Failure seems to come to those who give up easily.
  • He has too much love for photography.
  • He received a warning letter for his misbehavior.

Collective nouns:

  • I train the class full of smart people.
  • There are 12 face cards in a pack of 52 cards.
  • Our team plays best when they are motivated.

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