PROBLEMATIC LOCATIVE PREPOSITIONS FOR IRAQI UNDERGRADUATE EFL LEARNERS :AN ERROR ANALYSIS STUDY

Abstract

Is it any wonder that prepositions create troubles for students whose English is a foreign language? We say we are at the hospital to visit a friend who is in the hospital. We lie in bed but on the couch. We watch a film at the theatre but on television. "For native speakers, these little words present little difficulties" (www.webster.commnet.edu/:1), but try to learn another language, any other language, and you will quickly discover that prepositions are troublesome wherever you live and learn. This paper contains some interesting (sometimes troublesome) prepositions with brief usage notes.