Preposition
 
 
 
 
Preposition

In this lesson you will learn the definition of a preposition, learn the types of prepositions, study examples of prepositions, and take a test.
Preposition Definition
  • A preposition:
  • is a word that connects a noun, pronoun, or phrase to other words in a sentence
  • is a word that can indicate direction, location, or time
  • is either a:
  • simple preposition consisting of one word
  • compound preposition consisting of two words
  • compound preposition consisting of three words
  • usually comes before a noun
  • usually not placed at the end of a sentence unless part of a phrasal verb
  • The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition
Preposition Types
Preposition Examples
  • The following words are simple prepositions consisting of one word
  • aboard, about, above, absent, across, after, against, along, alongside, amid, amidst, among, amongst, around, as, aslant, astride, at, athwart, atop, barring, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but, by, despite, down, during, except, failing, following, for, from, in, inside, into, like, mid, minus, near, next, notwithstanding, of, off, on, onto, opposite, out, outside, over, past, per, plus, regarding, round, save, since, than, through, throughout, till, times, to, toward, towards, under, underneath, unlike, until, up, upon, via, with, within, without
  • The following words are compound prepositions consisting of two words
  • according to, ahead of, along with, as for, as per, as to, aside from, because of, close to, due to, except for, far from, inside of, instead of, near to, next to, out of, outside of, owing to, prior to, pursuant to, regardless of, subsequent to
  • The following words are compound prepositions consisting of three words
  • as far as, as well as, by means of, in accordance with, in addition to, in case of, in front of, in lieu of, in place of, in spite of, on account of, on behalf of, on top of
 
Prepositions Test

Study the preposition types listed above. In the test questions below choose which type of preposition is in bold print.
1.  The group walked around the park.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
2.  She was waiting at the train station.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
3.  They sat in the library.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
4.  The chicken ran across the street.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
5.  She is going to work at night.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
6.  The group will meet on Friday.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
7.  The book is on the table.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
8.  They brought the guest speaker into the room.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
9.  It rained throughout Summer.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
10.  The money is between the papers.

     a.  direction
     b.  location
     c.  time
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Additional Information
Are You Afraid of Adjectives and Prepositions?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of adjectives and prepositions. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Are You In, On or At?
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of prepositions.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Are You In, On or At?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of prepositions. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Changing Prepositions With 'Provide'
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of prepositions. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
For or Since: What Is the Difference?
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of prepositions.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
For or Since: What Is the Difference?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of prepositions. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Grammar Tips
Can You Catch These Native Speaker Mistakes?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of common mistakes. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
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Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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