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The Preposition

Definition: 

A preposition shows the relationship of a noun or pronoun, called the object of the preposition, to another word.

Notice how changing the preposition in the following examples changes the relationship between the verb swam and the noun raft.

EXAMPLES:
  • I swam to the raft. 
  • I swam from the raft. 
  • I swam around the raft. 
  • I swam past the raft. 
  • I swam under the raft. 

Object of a Preposition 

Definition:

The object of a preposition is a noun, a pronoun, or a word group that functions as a noun; in most cases it follows a preposition. Together, the preposition, its object, and any modifiers of the object make a prepositional phrase.

EXAMPLES:
  • Did you see Juanita at the last game
  • The line starts behind him. 
  • They played a new song by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Commonly Used Prepositions


Commonly Used Prepositions

about

above

across

after

against

along

among

around

at

before

behind

below

beneath

beside

besides

between

beyond

but (meaning

“except”)

by

concerning

down

during

except

for

from

in

inside

into

like

near

of

off

on

out

outside

over

past

since

through

throughout

to

toward

under

underneath

until

unto

up

upon

with

within

without


Compound Preposition

A preposition that consists of two or more words is called a compound preposition.

EXAMPLES:
Alexandra has been accepted by several private colleges in addition to both state universities. 

As of today, she hasn’t made her final choice.

Commonly Used Compound Prepositions 

Commonly Used Compound Prepositions

according to

because of

in spite of

along with

by means of

instead of

apart from

in addition to

next to

aside from

in front of

on account of

as of

in place of

out of


Adverb or Preposition? 

Some of the words that are commonly used as prepositions may also be used as adverbs. Keep in mind that an adverb is a modifier and that it does not have an object. Prepositions always have objects.

EXAMPLE:

ADVERB Jerry will meet you outside at noon. [Outside modifies will meet.] 
PREPOSITION I will meet you outside the library. [Outside introduces a prepositional phrase and has an object, library.]

The Preposition Worksheet

Complete the following sentences by replacing each blank with a prepositional phrase.

1. Rob collects postcards______ . 
2. ______ we collapsed. 
3. We first heard the rumor______  . 
4. ______ people had gathered to hear the concert. 
5. I tiptoed ______ and listened quietly. 
6. The deer darted quickly______  and raced ______ 
7. Everyone ______ applauded Branford Marsalis’s solo. 
8. Exhausted______  , the explorers pitched their tents ______ and planned the next day’s work. 
9. ______ the city council has voted to renovate the abandoned building______  and turn it ______ 
10. ______ I thought that something might have gone wrong______  .

Download The Preposition Worksheet in PDF for Free: The Preposition


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