Jamie's taken his exam and is waiting for the results. Adam and Jo talk about the meaning of different exam results in the UK.

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  • Exams or continuous assessment – which do you prefer?
  • Which do you think is better?

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Dear Sir
Thank you for explaning the prepositions 'to' and 'for'
Would you please tell me why we use 'for' in these sentences but not 'to' I have notice this in sentences using part of 'be.' Is that the reason? For eg. She was late for school.
Is this the train for London? But not to school/ not to London
This is also a destination/or some other reason like part of be as mentioned above..
Please let me know.
Thank you
Regards

Hello Andrew international,

The adjective 'late' usually collocates with the preposition 'for' rather than 'to':

late for the meal

late for the meeting

late for the wedding

There are some examples of 'late to' but these tend to be fixed expressions with idiomatic meanings such as 'late to the party'.

 

You can say either 'the train for London' or 'the train to London'. The meaning is the same.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
I have the difficulty to understand the prepositions 'to' and 'for' the writer has used
in the following two sentences. Would you please explain any rule or reason for this.?
She is leaving for France tomorrow.
They flew to Canada.
Thank you.
Regards

Hello Andrew international,

One of the many meanings of 'to' is to indicate a destination. It is used with many verbs of movement, including 'fly'. 'for' can also be used to indicate a destination, though it's used with a smaller range of words. One of these is 'leave', so this sentence means she is going to France.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
I prefer continuous assesment. That is a process all the time seeing the student in your make and developed. so anything is wrong exist the opportunity making better in this exactly moment. Sorry for all because my Englis is not good. I hope that understand me.
Thanks.

not bad

Taking an exam doesn't matter at all for me because I'm old enough (58). My interest is on Conan! I am a Japanese and yet I didn't know the cartoon Conan comes from Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes! What a shame! Thank you for telling me that information. But the cartoon Conan is for children and too childish for me to watch, I'm afraid...

continuous assessment is used to decide whether or not children have attained their reading targets,i think this is the best way to find out your level .

I am prefer a continuous assessment than exam
on exam its not going very well for me even if i have the knowledge to take the test,
and does not show my real knowledge on the specific area.
i mean i do prefer grade for all what i have done on the year.

hey
i have got it now , does not matter

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