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What is a Preposition?

A preposition is a word that links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in the sentence.

Prepositions indicate the temporal, spatial, or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence.

The object of the preposition is the word or phrase the preposition introduces.

  • The apple is on the table.
  • The apple is under the table.
  • The apple is between the table and John.

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Classifying Prepositions

Prepositions are classified in different categories depending on their function.

Here is a list of some prepositions and examples by their classification:

Prepositions of place

  • ·         In: used to expressed something is contained

Example: The cat is in the box.

  • ·         On:

Example: The box is on the table. 

  • ·         Over/Above

Example: There is a bird over his head. 

  • ·         Behind

Example: There is a garden behind the house. 

  • ·         Under

Example: There is a dog under the table. 

  • ·         By

Example: He stands by me. 

  • ·         In front of

Example: There is a shop in front of me. 

  • ·         At

Example: He is at home.

Prepositions of direction

  • ·         To

Example: Come to the blackboard.

  • ·         From

Example: This is a present from your friend.

  • ·         Into

Example: Put the pen into the bag.

  • ·         Out of

Example: Take the pen out of the bag.

  • ·         At

Example: They were at the meeting.

  • ·         Through

Example: He came through the window.

Prepositions of time

  • ·         In: used with months, years, seasons.

Example: I was born in 1988. 

The flowers will bloom in spring.

  • ·         On: used with days.

Example: He came on Monday. 

  • ·         At: used with noon, night, midnight, and with the time of the day.

Example: Sun stops its voyage at noon.

The movie starts at 6 p.m.

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Prepositions Practice

Choose the correct choice to complete the sentences below. CLICK HERE to check the correct answers.

  1. My best friend lives ____ Main Road.
  2. a) In
  3. b) On
  4. c) At
  1. I’ll be ready to leave ____ about twenty minutes.
  2. a) In
  3. b) On
  4. c) At
  1. Since he met his new girlfriend. Juan never seems to be ____ home.
  2. a) In
  3. b) On
  4. c) At
  1. The child responded to his mother’s demands ____ throwing a tantrum.
  2. a) With
  3. b) By
  4. c) From
  1. I think she spent the entire afternoon ____ the phone.
  2. a) On
  3. b) In
  4. c) At
  1. I will wait ____ 6:30, but then I’m going home..
  2. a) From
  3. b) At
  4. c) Until
  1. The police caught the thief ____ the corner of Cascade and Plum Streets.
  2. a) In
  3. b) At
  4. c) From
  1. My fingers were injured so my sister had to write the note ____ me.
  2. a) For
  3. b) With
  4. c) To
  1. I’m not interested ____ buying a new car now.
  2. a) To
  3. b) For
  4. c) In
  1. What are the main ingredients ____ this casserole?
  2. a) About
  3. b) To
  4. c) Of

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Prepositions Practice Answers

CORRECT ANSWERS

  1. On
  2. In
  3. At
  4. By
  5. On
  6. Until
  7. At
  8. For
  9. In
  10. Of

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Prepositions: In, On, & At

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List of prepositions

aboard            about              above               across            after                 against

along              alongside        among             an                   around             as

aside               at                    before            behind           below              beneath

besides          between           beyond            but                  by                    down

except            for                   from                in                     inside               into

like                 near                next                 of                     off                   on

onto               opposite           out                outside               over                 past

round             since                than               through             throughout      till

times              to                     toward           under                 unlike              until

up                   upon                with                 within              without

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