前置詞を忘れると…|Don’t forget your prepositions

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Hey hey Coach Chris here with EIGO2020 where we fix your English mistakes, the ones that Japanese people make, for the Olympics and beyond.

OK. So “I ate my boyfriend.” You are a sick woman. Why would you do such a thing? In the past, one of my students would say this, and she would say “I went to Tsukiji and I ate my boyfriend” and it really puzzled me because she will tell me this nearly every week. And I thought when you eat your boyfriend it’s kind of a one time thing, unless she gets another boyfriend every week and she decides to eat him, but you can see what I’m saying. This is crazy. You know, what could happen in English when you make a small mistake. But I’m here to help.  So, the trick is the grammar is correct but it sounded like she ate her boyfriend. So to correct this, you simply need to add the word ‘with’ to the sentence or you could change the sentence entirely. Like, “I ate with my boyfriend” or “my boyfriend and I ate.”


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“I ate my boyfriend.”

Why did you eat your boyfriend? Did you mean to eat him? Or did you eat him on accident?

Hey Hey, It’s Coach Chris here! This entry discusses a preposition.

Prepositions

Prepositions help express the relationship of a noun with the rest of the sentence.

Although this may sound comical, and quite ridiculous, this type of mistake is more common then you think.

I cannot pinpoint exactly why some students of mine made this mistake, because as you know, in this case you would say 「彼氏と食べました」in Japanese. But we have to take into consideration that this was a reoccurring mistake, which brings me to the conclusion that there is some discrepancy between English and Japanese in the styles of speaking both languages.

Well not exactly. She ate her friends and Mama the other day!

On the other hand, I couldn’t imagine myself continuously making this mistake when I speak Japanese.

After briefly considering the possibilities, I suppose that this mistake lends itself to the fact that remembering prepositions can be such a burden in English, that while concentrating on remembering other prepositions, one may forget the others in the moment.

For the record, the appropriate expressions are (with and without prepositions):

  • I ate with my boyfriend.
  • My boyfriend ate with me.
  • My boyfriend and I ate (together).
  • Me and my boyfriend ate (together).

Solution

minutes a day, being intentional about including the prepositions. With the same 3 combinations mix and match nouns, so you become comfortable with the structure and remember the articles most of the time. You’ll be surprised how you’ll improve with focused drilling.

Focus on improvement, not perfection.

Conclusion:
Make sure if you eat your boyfriend, it’s just a one-time thing, or I’ll really start to wonder about you.

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