Fishing in a River, Picnicking on the Beach

Hi all readers! we meet again with our grammar lesson! hehehe 😀

Example 1:

  • The boy was fishing beside the river. (WRONG)

This is another common mistake of students. The first sentence is wrong because if the boy were fishing beside the river, he would not catch any fish as he would be doing it some distance away from the river. 😀

According to the Oxford Dictionary, one catches fish in an area of water. The area of water can be a stream, river, pond, lake or sea. The correct preposition to use for fishing in such places is in. So, a person fishes in a stream, river, pond, lake or sea.

The correct way to speak or write is:

  • The boy was fishing in the river. (CORRECT)

Example 2:

  • They were picnicking beside the beach. (WRONG)

In the sentence, if the group of people were picnicking beside the beach, they would not be enjoying themselves at all because they would not be doing it on the soft, fine sand of the beach. They might be doing it on some patch of secondary jungle or some stony ground some distance away from the beach. 😀

The correct preposition to use is on.

  • The were picnicking on the beach.
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