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03:35 Aug 12, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: Explanation required
When we use From, to, of and for?

Such as
Get out from here?
Get out of here?

I delievred a box to you
I am here for 2 hours

Please explain me.
Khawer
English translation:http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm
Explanation:
Prepositions are tricky, in any language. There are only a limited number of them, yet they are used to describe myriads of relationships. Consequently, each preposition is used in many different ways, which do not correspond to the same set of usages assigned to a single preposition in another language, even a very close language.

The only way to learn how prepositions are used is through keen observation. This is so not only for the foreign learner, but also for the native speaker. The foreign learner needs to avoid the temptation to make prepositions in the newly acquired language conform to the way prepositions behave in his or her native language.

The link I am including under References is to a page that explains prepositions and gives abundant examples. This may be a good place to start, but remember that keen listening to and reading of attested good speakers and writers is the only way to assimilate the proper usage of prepositions. I wish there were an easier way. Good luck.

Fuad
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1 hr peer agreement (net): +1
see...


Explanation:
You can only use "get out OF here", as "get out from here" is incorrect.
"get out of something" can also mean "avoid responsibility or duty": We promised to do it, we can't get out of it now".

DELIVER can be used with TO, ON and FROM:
I delivered the leaflets TO every household.
They delivered their prisoner over TO the invading army.
"rescue sb from sth bad" can be said: Deliver somebody from something (bad fate, sin, etc).

"do what you promised or what you are expected to do" is said with the use of DELIVER ON:
She always delivers on her promises.

(note: DELIVER can also be an intransitive verb):
We promise to deliver within 48 hours.
He has promised to finish the job by June and I am sure he will deliver.

In "I am here for 2 hours" you used the wrong tense. It should be "I have been here for 2 hours".

Find the OED (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary) and you will see that it can help you solve many problems with prepositions.

Hope you find this helpful:)




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Tatjana Aleksic, MA
Native speaker of: Native in SerbianSerbian, Native in Serbo-CroatSerbo-Croat

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http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm


Explanation:
Prepositions are tricky, in any language. There are only a limited number of them, yet they are used to describe myriads of relationships. Consequently, each preposition is used in many different ways, which do not correspond to the same set of usages assigned to a single preposition in another language, even a very close language.

The only way to learn how prepositions are used is through keen observation. This is so not only for the foreign learner, but also for the native speaker. The foreign learner needs to avoid the temptation to make prepositions in the newly acquired language conform to the way prepositions behave in his or her native language.

The link I am including under References is to a page that explains prepositions and gives abundant examples. This may be a good place to start, but remember that keen listening to and reading of attested good speakers and writers is the only way to assimilate the proper usage of prepositions. I wish there were an easier way. Good luck.

Fuad


    Reference: http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm
Fuad Yahya
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I think that your grading was totally unfair


Explanation:
considering the fact that I did answer your question, instead of just giving you a link to follow on the Internet. Anybody could do that!


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Tatjana Aleksic, MA
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