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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Locations



GET READY:

Where is your house? Tell the location in several ways, using "in," "on," "near," and so on.

READ THIS:

Look at the pictures and answer the questions using these words:

ACROSS FROM
AROUND THE CORNER FROM
BEHIND
BETWEEN
IN FRONT OF
NEAR
NEXT TO
ON
ON (or AT) THE CORNER OF


Where is A?


Where is B?


Where is C?


Where is D?


Where is E?


Where is F?


Where is G?


Where is H?

Of course there are several ways to answer each question, but let's look at these answers:

A is ON Pine Street.
B is NEXT TO A.
C is NEAR A. ("Near" means "not far from"; so really all of these places are near each other!)
D is ACROSS FROM A.
E is BETWEEN A and C (or C and A)
F is BEHIND C (and so C is IN FRONT OF F).
G is ON (or AT) THE CORNER OF Pine Street and First Avenue (or First Avenue and Pine Street).
H is AROUND THE CORNER FROM A (and all the others except G).

NOTES:

Telling a location is not the same as giving directions. The location just tells you WHERE SOMETHING IS. Directions tell you HOW TO GET THERE.

PRACTICE:

Look at one place in the last picture, and describe its location in as many ways as possible. Take A, for instance:
It's between B and E.
It's across from D.
It's near G.
And so on.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR WRITING:

1. Look around your room and describe things: "The TV is next to the bookcase; the coffee table is in front of the sofa"; and so on.
2. Describe the locations of places you are familiar with: your home, your school, a nearby bank, a department store, etc.
3. With a friend, describe a place's location and see if he or she can guess what you are talking about:
A: It's across from the post office.
B: Is it the grocery store?
A: No, it's next to the grocery store.
B: Is it the KFC?
A: No, it's behind the KFC.
B: Is it the gas station?
A: That's right!


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