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DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:38:35 AM

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Hi teachers,
According to the structure, are the examples correct and natural?

Examples of prepositional phrases:

1. PREPOSITION + gerund phrase
a) My friend is good AT playing volleyball.
b) He apologise FOR being late.
c) Maria dreams OF living in New York.
d) I'm looking forward TO hearing from you.

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:36:49 AM

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Yes (typo in apologises/d)

But
A bit unnatural to say you are good at playing a sport. He is good at volleyball. You are good at football, not good at playing football.
If you want a gerund, change it to 'good at swimming ' (although that is better with 'he's a good swimmer' d'oh! ).

He is good at sewing? He is good at making things?


Be careful with that example, because in most cases it seems more natural to say 'he's a good volleyball player /swimmer / driver' rather than 'he is good at + gerund'.
I suggest 'good at sewing' because 'sewer' is not a common word, so you wouldn't say 'he's a good sewer's as readily as 'he's good at sewing'. I don't think it is too difficult as vocabulary, is it? If it is, go with swimming.

Personally, I am highly skilled at watching TV! Whistle
DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 4:11:55 AM

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thar wrote:
Yes (typo in apologises/d) Brick wall

But
A bit unnatural to say you are good at playing a sport. He is good at volleyball. You are good at football, not good at playing football.
If you want a gerund, change it to 'good at swimming ' (although that is better with 'he's a good swimmer' d'oh! ).

He is good at sewing? He is good at making things?


Be careful with that example, because in most cases it seems more natural to say 'he's a good volleyball player /swimmer / driver' rather than 'he is good at + gerund'.
I suggest 'good at sewing' because 'sewer' is not a common word, so you wouldn't say 'he's a good sewer's as readily as 'he's good at sewing'. I don't think it is too difficult as vocabulary, is it? If it is, go with swimming.

Personally, I am highly skilled at watching TV! Whistle
I am hooked on television series.Whistle

Hi thar,
I think I'd better change the sentence then.
How about this one?
I want to read the book AFTER watching the movie.

David.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:09:06 PM

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Hi!
Yes - that sounds good.
Definitely less disappointing than reading the book before watching the movie.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
DavidLearn
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:18:20 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hi!
Yes - that sounds good.
Definitely less disappointing than reading the book before watching the movie.
isn't it?

Thanks for your help, Drag0n.

David.
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