Miscellany

Miscellany

Postby Prototype on Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:21 pm

Dear Prof,

Prepositions

a-When talking about soccer players, do you say eg " Charles Smith is a forward FOR Manchester United" or " Charles Smith is a forward WITH Manchester United"? NB:I want to use the verb" to be" only.

b-We celebrate carnival DURING or IN the first two weeks of February.

c- Difference between IN and INTO in cases such as: They were having a dip IN the river or INTO the river.
Thanks
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Re: Miscellany

Postby prof on Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:00 pm

Looking at 'a.' you can use either 'with' or 'for' as the player is with the team that he plays for.

Likewise with 'b' but note that if you do something during a two week period, than you do it for that time, or at least regularly through that time. However 'in' means only that something happened - possibly only once - in that time. So you would say 'During the Mesozoic era the earth was struck by several asteroids, but only once in the twentieth century.'

With 'in' and 'into' we use 'in' for position and 'into' for movement. So you have a dip in the river, because 'dip' as a noun means a short swim, which you do in water. However when you use 'dip' as a verb you use into because the verb means 'to insert briefly and withdraw' as in 'dip a toe into the water'. Because 'dip' as a verb contains movement, you dip into something, but with the noun you take a dip in it.
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