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Lesson 57 – Valencia
Darren stepped off the coach and breathed the Valencian air. It was his first time visiting the city and his excitement overshadowed his tiredness. He was staying at a friend’s house for a few days. So, with the address and a map of the city in his hand he walked down the street to find a bus stop that would take him into the city centre.
He got on the bus which proceeded to take him through winding streets and past beautiful Spanish buildings. Luckily the bus dropped him off just around the corner from his final destination. His friend, Amparo, owned a big apartment next to the beautiful dry river bed. He took the elevator up to the top floor and knocked on the apartment door. Amparo welcomed him into her home and showed him to his room. As it was late and Darren was very tired, he jumped into the shower then went to bed.
The next day, Amparo wanted to show Darren around her home city. Their first expedition was a walk along the dry river bed. They walked through well maintained gardens, saw the architecture of the music hall and the museum, and passed under the well designed bridges that separated the rest of Valencia from the old town.
When they came out of the dry river bed, Darren was confronted with a mighty stone tower across the road. Amparo explained to him that this was once the gateway to the city. They crossed the road and passed under the arch of the tower. From there they walked to the old town. Amparo explained about the differences between the Spanish and Valencian language. She showed him all the old buildings, adorned with gargoyles and they visited the Cathedral and climbed up to the bell tower where they could see all over the city.
Finally, they settled down at one of the many bars and restaurants that Valencia has to offer and enjoyed some Valencian paella and a beer. After they had eaten, Amparo explained to Darren that in the afternoon it is typical to take a siesta. So, full of paella and quite exhausted from walking around the city, Darren and Amparo walked from the restaurant to the apartment where Darren collapsed onto the bed and fell asleep wondering what new sights and experiences awaited him that evening.
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
From – To
The movement expressed with this prepositions is origin (from) and destination (to):
Into is used to express movement inside, normally when someone introduces himself inside of some place:
Out of is used to express a movement of exit, in general is when someone is going out of some place:
On is very easy to understand because expresses when something or someone is located on top of something. Off indicates a thing that is retired of something.
Up is used to express the beginning of something and Down is the opposite. It indicates the first step beginning on the top, until it’s down.
Over y Under are usually used to express the movement of something or someone in relation to a particular object:
Along is used to talk about parallel movement, when the way is lineal.
We can use round instead of around:
Through expresses movement in relation to verticales places, we can refer to towns, cities, forests, etc…:
Across expresses movement in relation to horizontal places, we can refer to the field, a way, the world, etc.:
Past is used to express movement beyond a point:
The car drove past us quickly.
As you can see, the world of the prepositions sometimes it’s like a bottomless pit. However, if you practice everyday, you will speak with total normality with them.
Let’s take a look to some expressions with some of the prepositions which we have already seen:
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