A preposition is a word which shows relationships among other words in the sentence. The relationships include direction, place, time, cause, manner and amount. In the sentence She went to the store, to is a preposition which shows direction. In the sentence He came by bus, by is a preposition which shows manner. In the sentence They will be here at three o'clock, at is a preposition which shows time and in the sentence It is under the table, under is a preposition which shows place.
always goes with a noun or pronoun which is called the object
of the preposition. The preposition
is almost always before the noun or pronoun and that is why it is
called a preposition. The preposition
and the object of the preposition
together are called a prepositional phrase.
The following chart shows the prepositions, objects of
the preposition, and prepositional phrases
of the sentences above.
|Preposition||Object of the Preposition|| |
| || || |
| || ||
|| || |
Prepositional phrases are like idioms and are best learned through listening to and reading as much as possible. Below are some common prepositions of time and place and examples of their use.
at two o'clock
in an hour, in January; in 1992
for a day
Prepositions of place:
at my house
in New York, in my hand
on the table
near the library
across the street
under the bed
between the books
Review this lesson as many times as you want, and when you are ready, take the pop quiz on this chapter.
|Take Pop Quiz||Quit||Table of Contents||Go to Chapter 8|
LanguageCenters - Created by Mark Feder
Pop Quiz for Chapter 7
1) Which does a
preposition come before?
|Table of Contents||Quit||Go to Chapter 8|
INTERLINK LanguageCenters - Created by Mark Feder