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I'm trying to produce a simple help sheet for foriegn speakers on English determiners and prepositions.

Specifically, a basic description of when to use each type of determiner, and then the list of exceptions etc.

Also, for prepositions, perhaps a list of the 10 or 20 most commonly used prepositions, and descriptions of their use, and examples, including descriptions of exceptions etc.

Are there any available resources online that would help compile this help sheet? I'm thinking specifically of the exceptions and examples of use, and the reasons behind why certain determiners/prepositions are used in each case.

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Prepositions list is here, while determiners not counting numbers are listed here. –  tchrist Apr 17 '13 at 12:35
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Prepositions are the trickiest part when learning a language. Determiners are not much easier, actually. Not to rain on your parade, but even the most basic help sheet would fill three tomes. Anything that fits on a couple pages would be misleading or plain wrong. And the only way to actually master prepositions and determiners is by not using any help sheet in the first place, but to simply mimic what native speakers say, without thinking why they do it. That's how said native speakers have acquired the language themselves. That's the only method that works. –  RegDwigнt Apr 17 '13 at 12:59
    
Found this useful resource - rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/prep-def.html –  lightshone Apr 17 '13 at 16:14
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closed as not constructive by onomatomaniak, tchrist, RegDwigнt Apr 17 '13 at 13:00

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