Prepositions for Kids
What Are Prepositions? (for Kids)Prepositions are linking words. We use them to tell us where things are or when things are.
Examples of Prepositions telling us where things are:
- The mouse is under the chair.
- My apple is on the plate.
- He is behind bars.
Examples of Prepositions telling us when things are:
- Meet me in the morning.
- Clean your room before dinner.
- The train will leave at 4 o'clock.
- Anna was in Germany in October. ("In" is a preposition. The first "in" tell us where. The second "in" tells us when.)
Examples of PrepositionsPrepositions are extremely common because we need them to show how words relate to each other. For example:
- John is near the cow. (Here, the preposition "near" tells us the relationship between "the cow" and "John.")
- I saw your key by the lamp. (Here, the preposition "by" tells us the relationship between "the lamp" and "your key.")
- about, above, after, against, as, at, before, behind, below, beside, between, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, of, off, on, over, through, to, under, until, up, with
More about PrepositionsHere is the most important point about prepositions:
- A preposition shows the relationship between the word it is positioned before and another nearby word.
- We found the fingerprints of the robber. (Here, the preposition "of" tells us about possession. It is positioned before "the robber" to show the relationship to "the fingerprints.")
- Tina sang with passion. (In this example, the preposition "with" tells us how. It is positioned before "passion" to show the relationship to "sang.")
Video LessonHere is a video lesson on prepositions:
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