Prepositions: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
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.
on a bear hunt
through the cave
through the snowstorm
through the forest
through the mud
through the river
through the grass
up the stairs
into the bedroom
under the covers
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.
- 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.
Wondering why some words are highlighted? Read about the AWL.