Podcast: Como estudar preposições em inglês? II

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Hey guys,

Here in the blog we’ve already talked about prepositions in English. It seems at first that they’re really hard to learn, but that’s not quite true.

Today we’ll talk about something that is considered a little controversial among native speakers of English: the use of prepositions at the end of phrases. Well, you might be asking yourself what that is, and let me tell you, you already know! Listen to some phrases here:

Where are you from?

What are you talking about?

What are you looking for?

Have you noticed the prepositions at the end? If you have, that’s good, but if you haven’t, don’t worry! It’s not important to know why or how they ended up there!

Here’s the idea to study prepositions: as we said before, you should memorize chunks and phrases as they are. Don’t think about confusing grammar rules, ‘cause you may be even more confused.

So, how about learning some phrases with prepositions at the end? After you listen to them, write them down in a notebook and create examples, maybe some short dialogs using them. I’m sure you’ll be able to learn and use those phrases if you do that!

So, listen and write it down:

Where are you from? De onde você é?/De onde vocês são?

What are you talking about? Do que você está falando?

What are you looking for? O que você está procurando?

Who are you going with? Com quem você vai?

What’s that for? Isso é pra que?

Who did you dream about? Com quem você sonhou?

Who does she remind you of? Quem ela te lembra?

What was the weather like? Como estava o tempo?

What are you afraid of? Do que você tem medo?

Now, let me tell you something else: not only in questions do we use prepositions at the end, but also in affirmative/negative phrases. Listen up:

I don’t know what you’re talking about! Não sei do que você está falando.

He didn’t say where he’s from. Ele não disse de onde é.

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. Ainda não achei o que estou procurando.

That’s a difficult competition to take part in. É difícil participar dessa competição.

There’s nothing to be afraid of. Não há nada o que temer/ Não tem o que ter medo.

I can’t remember what I dreamed about. Não consigo lembrar o que sonhei.

She’s a difficult person to deal with. Ela é uma pessoa difícil de lidar.

Well, guys, try to learn the phrases we presented today. Copy them and think about situations you could use them, create more examples, and, if you want, post a comment here! Hope you guys liked today’s podcast. See you! Bye!

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