Characters & Prepositions of Motion

Properties:  Physical Characteristics

What they have…. The basic sentence that we can use to describe properties of a character is, for example “The character has two arms, two legs, etc.”

Attributes:  Abilities and Skills

The abilites and skills of a character (whatever it is named) are what they can do with what they have. The basic sentence that we use to describe the attributes uses the modal verb ‘can’ or just the simple present form of the verb. An example sentence is “The character can run into the fire.” or “The character can jump over the wall.” OR simple tense: “The character jumps over tall buildings.”

Methods:  How the character maneuvers (moves, fights,etc.)

The methods of our character is how they move and navigate through the levels of the game. To describe this action we use the simple present tense, the future tense, the present continuous tense, the past tense, or we also use the modal verb ‘can’. To accurately describe this we also need to use ‘prepositions of motion’. For example, “The character ran/will run/runs/can run through the fire.” Or, “The character flew/flies/can fly/ will fly over/under, past/into, onto/out of the house of ghosts.


Prepositions of action and movement:

Across the road

Along the road

Around the playground

Away from the policeman

Back to the shop

Down the hill

Into the room

Off the stage

Onto the platform

Out of the theater

Over the bridge

Past the intersection

Through the tunnel

Under the shelter

Up the hill

To/towards: The preposition to indicates movement with the aim of a specific destination, which can be a place or an event, for example:

EXAMPLES: I’m travelling to France tomorrow.
I need to go to the Post Office.
Can you tell me the way to the station?

Through and into:The preposition through refers to movement within a space which can be thought of as three-dimensional, for example:

EXAMPLES: They couldn’t get the new sofa through the door.
We drove through some spectacular countryside.
The canal flows through the city centre.
You won’t be able to see it unless you look through the binoculars.

Across, over and along

The prepositions across and over are used to talk about movement from one side of a place to another. They usually refer to movement in relation to places which can be thought of as two-dimensional, such as surfaces (for example: a lawn) or lines (for example: a river), for example:

EXAMPLES: I’ll jump over the wall and open the gate.
The aircraft flew low over the lake.
How are we going to get across the stream?


Below is a short example of our homework.

Example  Homework:  Character Name: SeaWeedster,  Game Type:  ???

Properties:  Physical Characteristics

This monster is giant.  It stands 5 meters tall, and it grabs people from the seashore and eats them.  It has green colored slippery, slimy skin. It swims really fast and silently. It has two sets of eyes to see out of the water, and also under the water.

Attributes:  Abilities and Skills, and Weaknesses

This monster can be completely camouflaged in the water near the shore.  It can also hide on the beach for short periods of time.  It can communicate with sharks, and sense humans’ fear. He can also breathe fire.  The only thing that can kill it is winter weather.  He can be frozen.

Methods:  How the character maneuvers (moves, fights,etc.)

It can float on top of, swim under and through, dive into, jump out of the water, and slide along the rocks of the seashore.   It can throw salt bombs, shoot slime, spit seawater into the air, onto the beach, through the water, at its enemies.  It runs, climbs, dives on the beach, over the mountains, under the sand, into the water.