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I have started assembling a list of my students’ errors in preposition usage. Here are a few examples:

“perceptions people have on that area”
“his argument is over the great plains”
“the writer took a more straightforward approach on advertising for the state”
“would have less inhibition to believe in God”
“this statement counters on the assumption”
“the assumptions on Colorado are mostly right”
“these commercials give a false sense to what these places are really like”
“All the states mention their pursuit for expanding and industrialization”

I’m doing this in an effort to figure out some pattern. The first thing that comes to mind is that absence of the word “about,” and now that I think about it, I don’t think my students use that word much at all.

This is also pretty clearly a dialect issue. These errors are common, my friends in Texas tell me, in their classes as well.

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Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:02 am

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