Use of English Prepositions by Japanese University Students

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金子, 朝子 ; Tomoko, Kaneko (2008)
  • Journal: 學苑 = GAKUEN, volume 810, pages 1-12 (issn: 1348-0103)

The present study examined if Japanese university students use bound prepositions more correctly than free prepositions in English writing. At the same time, the use of prepositions was compared with learners of various language backgrounds and the effect of the phrase meaning expressed by the combination of a verb and a preposition on the correctness of use was also examined using argumentative essay corpora. The result shows that there were more errors in bound prepositions, and missing errors were the most frequent. The fact that redundancy and substitution errors were frequent only in lexico-grammatical combinations of a verb plus a preposition shows that the students are conscious only of this type of combination. It was also found that Japanese students used communication domain most frequently, however, the error ratio was also the highest in this domain.
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