Prepositions are mostly single words used before a pronoun, noun, noun phrase, or verb to express their relationship with the rest of the sentence. They are used to show when something happens (prepositions of time), where something happens (prepositions of place), or where something is going (prepositions of movement). The subsections explaining these in details can be accessed with the following links:
There are many prepositions, some of which are as follow: about, above, after, along, among, before, behind, beside, between, by, for, from, in, into, like, near, of, off, on, over, to, since, through, under, until, up, with, within, without.
A preposition can also be a two-word or three-word combination. It is called a compound preposition. Two-word compound prepositions include according to, because of, different from, due to, and instead of. Some examples of three-word compound prepositions are as far as, in addition to, in front of, and in spite of. There are many more two-word and three-word compound prepositions.
Same preposition can be used for different expressions.
- He had a catnap at lunchtime. (Preposition used to indicate time.)
- We will wait for you at the entrance to the stadium. (Indicates place)
- A stranger pointed at me. (Indicates direction)
- I shall meet you at 2 o’clock on Sunday under the railway bridge.
Same feeling can use different prepositions.
- They got really angry with him for arriving late.
- He was angry at their lack of efficiency.
- We are very angry about plans to build a heliport nearby.
Prepositions are mostly little words that are used before a Noun or Pronoun to show its relation to some other word in the sentence. In other words, prepositions link a noun or pronoun to another noun or pronoun in a sentence. Prepositions are used to show when something happens, (prepositions of time), where something happens (prepositions of place) or where something is going (prepositions of direction).
- I shall meet you at 2 o’clock tomorrow. (indicates time: at 2 o’clock)
- The kettle is on the table. (indicates a place or position: on the table)
- We walked towards the cinema. (indicates direction: towards the cinema)
There are many prepositions, some of which are as follow:
about, after, along, among, before, behind, beside, between, by, for, from, in, into, like, near, of, off, over, to, since, through, under, with, within, without