Prepositions In English Language

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I. Introduction Prepositions in English are the joints of speech that make it comprehensible. They are important because they act as vital markers to the structure of a sentence; they mark special relationships between persons, objects, and locations. However, English prepositions have always been a source of great difficulty for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners regardless of his or her mother tongue (Celce-Murcia, 1983:250). McCarthy (1972) (cited in Hamdallah and Tushyeh, 1993:181) maintains that “As any English teacher well knows, our prepositions are particularly troublesome lot to the non-native speaker of English '. Pittman (1966) (cited in Hamdallah and Tushyeh, 1993: 181) as well states that “Among those who teach or learn the English language, prepositions have earned a reputation for difficulty if not downright unpredictability.” When EFL learners misuse these preposition, that lead to misunderstanding the message they want to convey. As a result, This will construct what we call negative attitude toward the language itself. I selected this topic after I have noticed that prepositions are one of the most difficult aspects of English to learn as I have noticed significant linguistic errors in term of using English prepositions that made by Saudi learners whom I taught in KKU 2 years ago. A. Definition of terms, In the definition of Webster 's new English dictionary (1976), a preposition is "a word or expression that combines with a noun or pronoun to
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