27 febrero, 2015

The Puke – Preposition Practice – Answer key

He got out of his car and walked across the street. He walked towards the building on the other side of the street. He walked up the stairs. Someone who was coming out of the building held the door open for him. He looked on the wall at the list of names. He stood in front of the door. Someone who was going out of the building let him in.
He reached into his pocket and took out a piece of paper. He saw the number "29". He thought to himself, "It's a good thing I wrote that number down."
He noticed there was some dried up puke on the floor next to a couch in the hallway. He walked down the hallway and knocked on the door.
Almir came to the door and let him in. They sat down at a table. They asked how he got there. He told them he came by car. They asked him where he parked his car. He said he parked it on the street. They talked for a little while. He took some papers out of his bag. He told them to keep the papers in a three-ring binder.
After the meeting was over, he put his papers and books in his bag. They talked for a while longer. Sebastião told him that he stayed in Monterrey for nine days before he was finally able to come across the border.
He picked up his bag. They walked towards the door. All three said good night. He stepped into the hallway and thought about1 the puke on the floor. He

 walked down the stairs and stepped outside into the cold air. He got into his car and drove off2.
 1 Both "of" and "about" are possible. If we say "think about" it is more similar to "give consideration". If we say "think of" then I would say it is more similar to "have an idea". They could very well be used interchangeably, but that's what I think the difference is. I think there could be certain contexts in which we would find one or the other.
I thought of you last night – quick thought - I thought about you last night.- longer thought
I thought of that. = had an idea –quick - I thought about that. = gave consideration
2 It's possible to use "away". However, "away" is an adverb. And while "off" could be considered an adverb as well, we usually call it a preposition when speaking of phrasal verbs. “He got into his car and drove away.”