Lesson 56 – Quitting Smoking – Prepositions of Place II

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IN YOUR LANGUAGE (Top right > Select language > Click on the flags).



  • To give up smoking
  • I don’t know if I can do it
  • I have never smoked
  • She was pregnant
  • The best way to do it
  • It was very difficult
  • Electronic cigarette
  • I might invest in one
  • One has just opened…
  • Next to the train station
  • He had one of them
  • It smelt like cherries
  • Mint
  • Coffee
  • Raspberry
  • Vanilla
  • All sorts of flavours
  • A healthier option
  • Break the habit
  • Moved into the apartment
  • I met him yesterday
  • Overwhelmingly
  • It made me feel sick
  • Cloud of smoke
  • Elixir of youth
  • The best course of action
  • Balance it out
  • Miserable
  • Weepy
  • Garbage
  • I wouldn’t be tempted to…
  • To rescue them
  • I know that you can do it
  • It will take your mind off it
  • I’m afraid of heights
  • Stepladder
  • It makes me nervous


– Quitting Smoking –

Learn English – Lesson 56 – Quitting Smoking

Chloe: It’s so hard to give up smoking! I don’t know if I can do it!

Rosie: I have never smoked myself but my mother did. She quit smoking after she found out that she was pregnant with me. She said that she just stopped. Apparently that is the best way to do it but she said it was very difficult.

Chloe: I have heard that going “cold turkey” is the best way but I have been smoking for ten years. An electronic cigarette shop has opened opposite work. I might invest in one of them.

Rosie: Yes, one has just opened next to the train station. I wouldn’t know how effective they are. There was a man in front of me at the bus stop yesterday, he had one of them. It smelt like cherries.

Chloe: You can get mint, coffee, raspberry, vanilla, all sorts of flavours… Although they are a healthier option, I worry that it won’t help me break the habit!

Rosie: What made you want to give up, anyway?

Chloe: A man has moved into the apartment above me. I met him yesterday. He seems a nice man but he smells overwhelmingly of tobacco and all his fingers are yellow and brown. I had a flash forward and it made me feel sick to think of my own hands like that and having that cloud of smoke above me all day. The woman who lives below me has never smoked in her life. She is 59 and looks fantastic for it, though she did say that a gin and tonic a day was her elixir of youth.

Rosie: So, what do you think your best course of action is? Keep smoking and hit the gin? Balance it out!

Chloe: Great, then I’ll be yellow and miserable. Gin makes me so weepy. I think I’ll try this cold turkey… When I arrived home after meeting my neighbour I took my cigarettes and buried them deep under the garbage so I wouldn’t be tempted to try to rescue them.

Rosie: Good luck, Chloe! I know that you can do it. Why don’t you come rock climbing with us? It will take your mind off it!

Chloe: I can’t! I’m afraid of heights. Even climbing a stepladder makes me nervous… Not a thing to do when you are trying to quit smoking!

Facts: The first known person on record to have the idea for an electronic smoking device was Herbert A. Gilbert in 1963. Named the SMOKELESS NON-TOBACCO CIGARETTE, Gilbert built prototypes that worked but unfortunately the warehouse where they were stored burned down.


Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1

Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2

Drag and Drop Quiz 3


  • Arrive In / Arrive At

Arrive in is used with countries and cities:

arrived in London a month ago.

It was raining when I arrived in Spain.

Arrive at is used with other places. Places that are not countries or cities:

arrived at the airport a month ago.

arrived at work an hour late.

  • The absence of preposition with home

With verbs that indicate movement (to go, to walk, etc.) we usually use the preposition to. It is common to remove the preposition before the word home:

Movement Verb Verb with home
I’m going to Leeds I’m going home
She’s coming to the beach She’s going home
Rosie got to the hotel Rosie got home
Did he walk to the square? Did he walk home?

The absence of the preposition in front of the word home also affects the verb to arrive:

To Arrive  Verb Home
My family arrived in Italy. My family arrived home.
My friends arrived at the concert. My friends arrived home.
  • Under

The dog is under the table.

The pen fell under the sofa.

  • Next to/Beside /By

My partner is sat next to me.

The lamp was beside the bed.

Their apartment was by the sea.

  • Above

The plane was flying above us.

He stood a foot above me.

  • Below

When descending a ladder you should always look below.

The hang glider could just about see the people below.

  • Opposite

He was standing opposite me, staring into my eyes.

She was on the opposite side of the street.

  • In Front of Me

Darren was sitting in front of me at the theatre.


  • Above Vs On 

Above differs from on in that there is no physical contact with the object:

My book is on the table.

There’s a bird above your head.

Opposite Vs In front of

Opposite indicates that two objects are face to face, while in front of simply means ahead without necessarily being in front:

He was standing opposite me, staring into my eyes.

Darren was sitting in front of me at the theatre.


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