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Prepositions: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

21 Jul

Prepositions can be one of the hardest grammatical structures to learn in English, so here’s some fun practice listening for prepositions and getting a better of understanding of when to use some of them.

First, watch the video below of the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Now that you have the idea of what the book is about, watch the video again. Write down all of the prepositions (for example, on, under, etc.) you hear. If you can, write down all the prepositional phrases (for example, on a bear hunt, under it, etc.) that you hear.

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Prepositional Phrases

on a bear hunt

over it

under it

through it

through the cave

through the snowstorm

through the forest

through the mud

through the river

through the grass

up the stairs

into the bedroom

into bed

under the covers

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Over, Under, and Through

The repetition in this story is nice because it really shows you that usually

  • we don’t go over or under grass. We go through grass.
  • we don’t go over or under a river. We go through a river.
  • we don’t go over or under mud. We go through mud.
  • we don’t go over or under a forest. We go through a forest.
  • we don’t go over or under a snowstorm. We go through a snowstorm.
  • we don’t go over or under a cave. We go through a cave.

There are some exceptions to these, but there would have to be special circumstances or a special situation.

For example,

  • if I were flying, I could go over any of these things.
  • I could possibly dig a tunnel under all of these things.
  • if a cave has an entrance but does not have an exit on the other side, I can’t go through it. I can just go into the cave.

In and Into

Paying attention to the end of the story can help you with into and in. Why did the writer/speaker use into instead of in?

I can be in my bed or in my bedroom. It’s fine to say that, but it means something different. It describes my current location. I’m in those places already.

If I get into my bed or go into my bedroom, it shows something different. Into shows action or movement to a place.

Practice using some prepositions. What are some things you can go under, over, through, or into? Leave a comment that uses these prepositions!

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36 Responses to “Prepositions: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

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  3. Jingyu wu February 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I can have a rest under a tree.
    I can go over the mountain.
    I can go through the doors.
    I can go into your heart.

    • sarah February 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      It almost sounds like a poem!

  4. saleh Ahmad April 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    I put my bag under my desk.
    I can through the watch see the time.
    I fly over the clouds.
    I can climb up into top the tree.

    • sarah April 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      You can see the time on your watch.


      You can climb up into the top of the tree.

      The others are good!

  5. Alaa September 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I always lose my keys under the car seat.
    It is always hard to drive through the snowstorm.
    I hate carrying groceries up the stairs
    I like to go over my notes before I take any test
    I’m only able to go into the United States if I have a valid visa.
    I like to go camping under the trees.
    I like to go fishing on a boat.
    I would love to go skiing through the forest.

    • sarah September 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm #


      In “go over your notes,” the preposition “over” is not really a preposition. It’s part of the phrasal verb “go over.” When you put these words together, they mean something different then their normal meaning: review.

  6. Lois, Beite Zhu September 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I can fly in the sky.
    I can jumpt over the hole.
    I can go through the door.
    I can go into the library.
    I can hide under the tree.

  7. Nina October 3, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I can go through the prairie.
    I can go over my homework.
    I can go into the cave.

    • sarah October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      “to go over” something means to review. It’s a phrasal verb, and “over” isn’t really a preposition in this case. If it were, you would be walking on your homework.

  8. Ella October 3, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    I find my book under the chair.
    There some leaves over the river.
    I hope I can travel all over the world.
    There is a big picture in the wall.
    We eat the dinner around the table.

    • sarah October 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Leaves over the river means that they’re still in the trees. Leaves in the river means they’re floating in the water.

      Pictures hang ON walls.

  9. Rashed Alajmi October 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I went through many problems in my life.
    when I was kid i hid my self under my brother’s bed.
    I hate to drive into tunnels.
    Sometime I like to walk around my house.

    • sarah October 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      In the first sentence, “through” is not really a preposition. “Go through” is a phrasal verb. “Through” means something different from its normal meaning here.

  10. Mohammed Aldandani October 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    My book was under the table.
    I cannot walk over black ice.
    I go to my country through the atmosphere.
    I cannit go into space.

  11. Ahmed Aljofan October 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I go through a house.

    I can go under water and swim.

    I always forget my book under the chair.

  12. Q October 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I rushed into the car.
    I put my book undre the table.
    He goes through the river by boat.
    She always go over her homework with her friends.

    • sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      over the river / on the river / across the river

      “go over” homework–here over is not a preposition

  13. Yang Wan October 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I can go into a cave.
    I can aviod the rain under a unbrella.
    I need go over my paper.
    I can go though a street.

    • sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      “go over” – over is not a preposition here. it’s part of a phrasal verb.

  14. SHANSHAN FU October 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    When the traffic light turned green,I walked through the street.
    Li jumped into the river and almost broke his arm.
    They have to climb over two mountains before they arrive the downtown.
    The river flowed under the bridge.

    • sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      I think in this situation, you probably walked across the street.

  15. majed October 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I put my phone into the room.
    I can go though a airline.
    I put my keys over the table.
    I put my pen under the bed.

    • sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      We put our keys ON the table.

      Why did you put your pen under the bed? That seems like a strange place to store a pen.

  16. waleed October 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    When we go to the park. we don’t have to sit under the big tree there. We have to go over it and walk through the trees into the river and find a place on the other side of the park.

  17. Chen Sun October 8, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    My cat stay under in my bed.

    we need though IEP to learn English and improve our grammar.

    My cell phone into my bag.

    When I cross over road, i need be careful cars.

    • sarah October 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      We need to GO THROUGH…maybe?

      Here “through” is not a preposition. it’s part of a phrasal verb.

      I PUT my cell phone….

      need TO
      need TO
      need TO

  18. Nawaf Alshaalan October 8, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    - I can jump over the car.
    – I found my shoes under my bed.
    – I never go through this way.
    – I cannot get into your heart.

  19. hessein Ali February 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    My friend held the umbrella over both of us.
    If you get under 70%, you’ve failed the exam.
    I saw someone drive through a red light.
    Shall we go into the garden?
    I can’t get into these trousers anymore. They’re far too small for me.

  20. Amal Aljumuah February 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I put my book over the desk.
    My sister likes to set under the tree.
    The car go through the street.
    I put my clothes into the wardrobe.

    • sarah March 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      ON the desk

      SIT under the tree

      GOES through the street

  21. Mohammed Qasem March 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I ate through the break time.
    The time is over before I finished the exam.
    I can drive under the bridge.
    The boys entered into the bus.

    • sarah March 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      Your second sentence doesn’t use any prepositional phrases.

      For your last sentence…we just enter a bus. we don’t enter into it.

  22. ZHE LIU March 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    I can watch TV in my house.
    I need to help for homework.
    He might have finished homework.
    I may eat lunch at restaurant.
    I must finish homework tonight.
    Could you lend me the textbook?
    I have to join party.
    I am able to cook for my family.

    • sarah March 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      help WITH homework

      Also, many of the sentences don’t contain prepositional phrases.

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