The following are all examples of prepositions: in, on, at, around, above, near, underneath, alongside, of, and for. |
A preposition sits before a noun (or a pronoun) to show the noun's relationship to another word in the sentence. (If that explanation is too complicated, it might help you to think of a preposition as a word which describes anywhere a mouse could go.)
PrepositionsA preposition is a word which precedes a noun (or a pronoun) to show the noun's (or the pronoun's) relationship to another word in the sentence. (The word preposition comes from the idea of being positioned before. It is not true to say that a preposition always precedes a noun or a pronoun, but it does most of the time.)
The following are all prepositions:
above, about, across, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, like, near, of, off, on, since, to, toward, through, under, until, up, upon, with and within.
PREPOSITION? DOES IT DESCRIBE WHERE A MOUSE COULD BE?
It might not be the world's most grammatically sound explanation, but some people like to think of a preposition as anywhere a mouse could go.
Role of a PrepositionPrepositions are important when constructing sentences. A preposition sits before a noun to show the noun's relationship to another word in the sentence.
Pitfalls with PrepositionsFor native English speakers, grammatical errors involving prepositions are rare. The most common errors involving prepositions are shown on the right. That said, there are several points of which to be aware:
Click on the prepositions:
EXCEPT AND ACCEPT
Some writers confuse the words except and accept. The word except is a preposition. It has a meaning similar to not including.
PAST AND PASSED
The word past can be used as a preposition. However, the word passed cannot. The word passed is a verb that relates to the action of passing. For example:
See the lesson Past and Passed.
INTO, ONTO AND UP TO
The word into is a preposition. It is written as one word.
See the lesson Into, Onto and Up To.