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English Grammar Step by Step: • Contents
• Introduction
• Notes
• Unit 1:  Negative and interrogative sentences
• Unit 2:  Short answers
• Unit 3:  Question tags
• Unit 4:  Questions and exclamations
• Unit 5:  So, neither, nor, either
• Unit 6:  Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel
• Unit 7:  Verb tenses: forms
• Unit 8:  Irregular verbs
• Unit 9:  Verb tenses: uses
• Unit 10:  Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns
• Unit 11: The genitive case
• Unit 12: Singular and plural nouns
• Unit 13: Gender
• Unit 14: A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every
• Unit 15: Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all
• Unit 16: A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty
• Unit 17: Enough, too, so and such
• Unit 18: Comparative and superlative sentences
• Unit 19: The adjective order
• Unit 20: Relative clauses
• Unit 21: Do and make
• Unit 22: Modal verbs
• Unit 23: Infinitives, gerunds and present participles
• Unit 24: Conditional sentences
• Unit 25: Passive sentences
• Unit 26: Reported speech
• Unit 27: Purpose
• Unit 28: Word order
• Unit 29: Inversion
• Unit 30: Connectors
• Unit 31: Prepositions
• Unit 32: Phrasal verbs

Gramàtica anglesa de nivell mitjà:
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Gramàtica anglesa per a principiants:
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• Unitat 1:  A, an, some, any i the
• Unitat 2:  Some, any + body/one, + thing, + where
• Unitat 3:  Els pronoms personals i els adjectius i pronoms possessius
• Unitat 4:  Els pronoms reflexius, el pronom recíproc "each other" i els pronoms personals de complement
• Unitat 5:  Llista de verbs irregulars anglesos

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Gramàtica anglesa de nivell avançat pas a pas (English Grammar Step by Step)

     UNIT 31 - Page 3

   Insert the correct preposition in the spaces provided.

23 Examples:
   When I came in, they were sitting round/around the table.
   (They surrounded the table.)
   He was sitting on his desk. (He was sitting on top of his desk.)
   He was sitting at his desk. (He was sitting on a chair in front
   of his desk.)
   Peter sits in front of me at school, but he’s so tall that I
   cannot see the blackboard. (The opposite of in front of is
   behind: I sit behind Peter at school.)
   The teacher was in front of/before50 the class. (The students
   were sitting at their desks and the teacher was explaining
   something on the blackboard.)
   Don’t say that again in front of/before51 my friends. (ie, in
   the presence of my friends.)
   My school is a few hundred yards before the town hall. (The
   town hall is a few hundred yards farther than my school.)
   I’ll use it after52 you. (You can use it first.)
   She didn’t close the door after/behind her. (ie, She left the
   door wide open or ajar when she went out of the room or of the
   The supermarket is opposite53 the bank. (= The supermarket is
   facing the bank.)

a  We love sitting __________ the fire.
b  Who was that girl __________ __________ __________ you in
   the queue.
c  My house is __________ hers. (She lives across the street.)
d  Children, sit __________ the table: we are going to have lunch.
e  Please don’t slam the door __________ you.

24 Examples:
   She works close to54/near55 the post office. (She does not work
   far from the post office.)
   We were frightened to death because a car driving next to/
   beside/alongside ours was zigzagging along the motorway.
   (We were driving along the right-hand lane and the other
   car, along the left-hand lane.)
   They’ve got a house by/next to/beside the sea. (The house is
   very close to the sea.)
   Victor and Margaret sat beside/next to/by me at the meal.
   (Victor was on my right and Margaret, on my left.)
   Victor works beside/alongside/with me. (We work together.)
   When I told him that he was fired, he came near to/close to
   crying/tears. (He nearly/almost cried.)
   When she discovered that he was seeing another girl, they were
   near to/close to splitting up. (They nearly/almost split up.)

a  He sits __________ me at school.
b  ‘Do you know Patricia?’
   ‘Yes, I do. She works __________ me.’
c  When I told him that he was an idiot, he came __________
   __________ throwing a stone at me.
d  ‘Where is Saint James’s Park?’
   ‘It’s very __________ Victoria Station. (About half a mile
   from Victoria Station.)’
e  We own a cottage __________ the river. We don’t have a
   swimming-pool, but we swim in the river. Its water is
   crystal-clear, but a bit chilly.

25 Revision exercise.
a  ‘What __________ Susie?’
   ‘Well, she’s just finished her degree in biology.’
b  She lives __________ the pet shop __________ the corner.
   Don’t forget to look right before you go __________ the street.
c  I have to read an article __________ the Enlightenment.
d  I’m on night duty __________ Friday 10th December, but I’ll
   be __________ duty __________ the night of Sunday 12th December.
e  I’m afraid I can’t answer the phone now. Please leave your
   message __________ the bleep.
f  ‘How __________ meeting at the bus-stop?’
   ‘Right! Let’s say __________ half __________ seven.’
g  She says that she saw an odd man coming __________ __________
   the house __________ seven __________ the evening. He had a scar
  __________ his right cheek and wore black. He was carrying an
   umbrella __________ his right hand, and seem to be in a hurry.
   She thinks he was __________ 40.
h  Once __________ a time, there was a man who was extremely rich,
   but whom nobody loved, for he was a miser and never helped
i  ‘Where’s Mr Hughes?
   ‘He’s __________ the lake reading a book.’
j  He was driving __________ the road when the UFO
   appeared. Immediately afterwards, he was made to
   get __________ alien spacecraft.
k  He was sitting __________ his desk studying for an exam.
l  He’s very rich and conceited. He thinks everybody is __________
m  __________ the Franco regime, those who opposed his ideas
   were liable to suffering many injustices.
n  He found something hidden __________ the mattress.
o  She’s been __________ the globe. She loves travelling.
p  It was great flying __________ the clouds, though the only thing
   we could see __________ us was clouds and more clouds.
q  I don’t like the people who live __________ us. (We live on
   the third floor and they, on the second.)
r  Put those books __________ that shelf.
s  Did you have a good time __________ your summer holidays?
t  I want you here __________ midnight. Do not come __________
   midnight or you’ll regret it.
u  It happened __________ my birthday.
v  I’d like to live __________ a desert island with my family.
w  Let’s meet __________ the back of the school.
x  My sister is coming to see us __________ Good Friday.
y  Who is the person sitting __________ you __________ the photo.
z  Don’t cycle __________ each other, as it is very dangerous.

26 Examples:
   They are against us. (The opposite of this is They are in favour
   of us/in our favour.)
   They are for abortion. (= They are in favour of abortion.
   The opposite of for is against: They are against abortion.)
   Don’t worry. We are with you. (= We are on your side.)
   My bike is leaning (up) against that tree. (This sentence
   means that my bike is beside that tree, but they touch each
   other, and the tree supports my bike.)
   He loves running against the wind. (ie, in the opposite
   direction of the wind.)
   Swim with the current! (ie, in the same direction of the

a  ‘Are you __________ or __________ our proposal?’
   ‘I don’t like it, so I’m __________ it.’
b  Don’t put that ladder __________ the wall. I’ve just painted
   the wall.
c  If we walk __________ the wind, it’ll be less tiring.
d  If you decide to do it, we’ll be __________ you all the way.
e  Don’t rest your back __________ the fence! Don’t you see the
   notice that says, ‘Wet paint’?

27 Examples:
   Your aunt is between those two girls. (She is sitting in the
   middle of the two girls.)
   She placed the knife between the spoon and the fork. (She
   placed the knife in the middle.)
   There is a spider between those apples. (I can see how many
   apples there are. There are, say, five apples. Among(st) is
   not impossible here.)
   Peter’s among(st) the crowd. (It is impossible to tell how
   many people there are in the crowd.)
   You’re among(st) my best friends. (You are one of my best

a  There is distrust __________ our voters. We must tell them
   something to calm them dowm.
b  He wants to share his fortune __________ the needy.
c  He wants to share his fortune __________ his two sons.
d  There’s a traitor __________ our men. If we don’t find out
   who he is, we’ll be in real trouble, as he may ruin all our
e  What’s the difference __________ a cheetah, a leopard and a
   jaguar? They all look alike to me!

28 Examples:
   This letter was written by my little daughter (agent) with
   a pencil. (instrument)
   Come with us, please. (Join us, please.)
   At this moment, she’s with a client. Could you ring back
   later? (Now she is busy because she is attending to a client.)
   The woman in red is Peter’s mother. (ie, the woman who wears
   The lady with the black handbag is my boss. (ie, the one
   who carries/has a black handbag.)
   We can’t live without water. (ie We need water to live on.)

a  There’s so much work at the office that we can’t do __________
   a secretary.
b  Mr Wright will be __________ you in a minute.
c  This hut was built __________ my father.
d  He dislikes working __________ a hammer.
e  The man __________ a black suit is my daughter’s husband.

29 Examples:
   He threw a stone at me. (He wanted to hit me.)
   He threw the ball to me/He threw me the ball. (He wanted me
   to catch it.)
   He’s very good (bad, etc.) at football. (He plays football
   very well, very badly.)
   That little girl is waving at/to you. (Here both at and to can
   be used without any real difference in meaning. At might suggest
   that you are waving more enthusiastically.)
   This is the train for/to56 London. (ie, The train that goes
   to London.)
   She’s heading for Scotland. (ie, She is going to Scotland.)
   What do you take me for? (ie, Do you think I am stupid?)
   We had to walk for57 ten miles. (We did not expect to walk so
   many miles.)
   Let me do it for58 you. (Let me offer to help you.)
   I have a present for you. (I want to give you a present.)
   You can have two of these for only one pound. (ie, I can offer
   you them at this price.)

a  She was very angry with me and shouted __________ me.
b  He shouted __________ her to turn off the lights.
c  He’s hopeless __________ cooking.
d  I bought this __________ very little money.
e  They left __________ Portugal early this morning.

30 Examples:
   Twenty-five plus59 twenty-five equals (formal)/is (neutral)
   fifty. (25 + 25 = 50)
   Fifty minus60 twenty-seven equals/is/leaves (less formal)
   twenty-three/Twenty-seven subtracted from61 fifty equals/
   is/leaves (less formal) twenty-three. (50 - 27 = 23)
   Five multiplied by62 four equals/is twenty. (5 x 4 = 20)
   Twenty-five divided by63 five equals/is five. (25 ÷ 5 = 5)

a  Forty __________ eighty-six __________ 126. (40 + 86 = 126)
b  Multiply nine __________ seven.
c  Two hundred and twenty-one __________ twenty-one __________
   two hundred. (221 - 21 = 200)
d  One hundred divided __________ ten __________ ten. (100 ÷ 10 =
e  Ten thousand __________ two thousand __________ eight
   thousand. (10,000 - 2,000 = 8,000)

31 Examples:
   I’m going by car. (by + the means of transport)
   I’m going in Molly’s car. (in + a word or phrase + the method
   of transport→a private vehicle or a taxi.)
   I’m going on the next bus. (on + a word or phrase + a means
   of transport→a public vehicle or a bike, a motorcycle, a horse,
   Get in/into64 the car! (The opposite is Get out of the car. If
   we do not mention the vehicle, we say Get out.)
   I got on/onto65/on to66 the bus and went home. (The opposite
   is I got off the bus and went home. Notice also: I got off
   and went home.)
   I prefer to go on foot. (set phrase)
   The people who were travelling on/in that plane were
   mostly tourists.
   The people on/in that bus are singing and dancing.
   The people in that car are my neighbours.

a  Why don’t you get __________ the train now? It will be leaving
   the station in a few minutes.
b  She hates travelling __________ ship.
c  We are going __________ our motor bikes.
d  Who was that couple __________ the bus?
e  We should go __________ foot, as it’s a good way to keep
   ourselves fit.

32 Revision exercise.
a  ‘How are you going to work?’
   ‘I’m going __________ bike. And you?’
   ‘I’m going __________ foot.’
b  ‘How are you going there?’
   ‘We’re going __________ our bikes.’
c  ‘Come on! Get __________ that horse!’
   ‘Don’t worry. It’s very tame!’
d  She left her moped leaning __________ a wall.
e  There’s a spy __________ us. We must do something to find out
   who he is.
f  The girl __________ green is the girl of my dreams.
g  Her house was broken into __________ a neighbour of hers.
h  He’s brilliant __________ deceiving people.
i  He tossed a sweet __________ the child, as he had been a good
j  The audience threw ripe potatoes __________ him, as he
   was extremely bad __________ singing.
k  Ninety-nine __________ five is ninety-four. (99 - 5 = 94)
l  Seven multiplied __________ eight is fifty-six. (7 x 8 = 56)
m  Forty divided __________ eight equals five. (40 ÷ 8 = 5)
n  They went out together __________ the first time __________ a
   cold winter evening __________ January.
o  We’ll have to go __________ that bridge if we want to win
   the battle.
p  The children sat __________ the ground to play.
q  If you speak ill __________ me __________ my back, I won’t be
   your friend any more.
r  She was near __________ rejecting their offer, but her
   friends advised her to take it, and so she did.
s  ‘Where’s the ball?’
   ‘It’s __________ the table __________ your grandfather’s feet.’
t  She hit him __________ adjustable spanner because she thought
   he was going to attack her.
u  The man __________ dark hair and the girl __________ an
   umbrella are Richard’s cousins.
v  She was constantly grumbling __________ me, which was
   very annoying.
w  ‘We’d better go __________ tube.’
   ‘I prefer to go __________ a taxi.’
x  She’s __________ nuclear disarment. (She in favour of
   nuclear disarment.)
y  ‘We’ll have to do __________ Nancy today, since she’s ill.’
   ‘Oh dear! We’re up to our eyes in work.’
z  The key is __________ the doormat. If we’re not __________
   home, enter the house and wait for us there.

50  Before is formal.
51  See the previous footnote.
52  The opposite is I’ll use it before you.
53  Opposite and in front of cannot be used interchangeably. If we
   say that something or somebody is opposite something or
   somebody, there is something between the two things or people,
   such as a street. In front of means that there is nothing
   between the two things or people:
     The supermarket is opposite the bank. (There is a
     street between the supermarket and the bank.)
     Peter sits in front of me at school. (There is
     nothing between us.)
     Peter sat opposite me at the table. (I was at the other end
     or side of the table.)
54  Close to can also relate to time:  Our wedding anniversary is
   close to theirs.
55  A preposition does not have comparative and superlative forms.
   If we can add -er or -est to near, it is because near is an
   adverb or an adjective, which is why it is much better to use
   the preposition ‘to’ with nearer and nearest:
     My girl-friend is the one nearest to the door.
     Can you come nearer to me?
     The bookshop is very near to my house. (Although the
     preposition ‘to’ can be dropped, it is advisable to
     keep it in a formal style, as a preposition cannot
     be modified by very. If we removed the ‘to’, near
     becomes a preposition modified by very.)

   Near can also refer to time: We are getting nearer to the
   summer holidays.
56  See section 14.
57  We had to walk ten miles implies that we did not mind it, as
     we probably knew that beforehand.
58  For other uses of for, see units 23 (section 20) and 27
   (section 3).
59  Less formally, we say Twenty-five and twenty-five is/are/
   make(s) fifty.
60  Or less formally, Fifty take away twenty-seven is/leaves
   twenty-three. You can also say Fifty less twenty-seven is
   twenty-three. Note also: You’ll get a hundred pounds,
   less (a) five per cent commission.
61  Or less formally, Twenty-seven from fifty is/leaves twenty-
62  Note also:
     Five times four is/makes/equals twenty.
     Five fours are twenty. (informal)
     Ten times ten thousand is/makes/equals one hundred
     thousand. (10 x 10,000 = 100,000)
     If you multiply five by four, you get twenty. (5 x 4 =20)
63  Notice also:
     Five into twenty-five is/goes five.
     Five divides into twenty-five five times.
     Three into eleven will not go.
     Two into five is/goes two with one left over.
     Two into seven goes three and a half times.
     Ten over two is five.
64  Into is only possible if we mention the word ‘car’: Get in!
65  You can also say I got into/in the bus and went home, but this
   is probably less usual. The opposite of into or in is out of: 
     I got out of the bus and went home.
     I got out and went home. (We do not mention ‘the bus’.)
66  See section 14.
Author: Miquel Molina i Diez

     Pages: 1, 2, 3 and the key

1  Negative and interrogative sentences (Page 2 and the key)
2  Short answers (Page 2 and the key)
3  Question tags (Page 2 and the key)
4  Questions and exclamations (Page 2 and the key)
5  So, neither, nor, either (the key)
6  Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel (Page 2 and the key)
7  Verb tenses: forms (Page 2 and the key)
8  Irregular verbs
9  Verb tenses: uses (Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5 and the key)
10 Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns (Page 2 and the key)
11 The genitive case (the key)
12 Singular and plural nouns (Page 2 and the key)
13 Gender (the key)
14 A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
15 Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all (the key)
16 A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty (the key)
17 Enough, too, so and such (the key)
18 Comparative and superlative sentences (Page 2 and the key)
19 Adjective order (the key)
20 Relative clauses (Page 2 and the key)
21 Do and make (the key)
22 Modal verbs (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
23 Infinitives, gerunds and present participles (Page 2 and the key)
24 Conditional sentences (Page 2 and the key)
25 Passive sentences (the key)
26 Reported speech (Page 2 and the key)
27 Purpose (the key)
28 Word order (the key)
29 Inversion (the key)
30 Connectors (Page 2 and the key)
31 Prepositions (Page 2, Page 3 and the key)
32 Phrasal verbs (the key)

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