haw to understand the finction of each preposition

asked Oct 28 '12 at 23:56 keikokim New member

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Please study the following examples to understand the use of prepositions. There are no definite rules to master the prepositions. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the most effective ways to master the rule.


Prepositions of Place
Some prepositions show where something happens. They are called prepositions of place.
Sally was sitting under a tree.
There’s a wooden floor underneath the carpet.
Some geese flew over their house.
John and Sarah were hiding inside the wardrobe.
There was a tree beside the river.
I have a friend who lives in Holland.
A big truck parked in front of their car.
The cat jumped on top of the cupboard.
One girl sits in the middle of the playground and the others dance round her.


Prepositions of Time
Some prepositions show when something happens. They are called prepositions of time.

School starts at nine o’clock.
I brush my teeth in the morning and at night.
We’re going to the zoo on Saturday.


Prepositions with Special Uses



I bought a bag of rice and a quart of milk.
Would you like a glass of orange juice?
Kathleen is a member of the chess club.



I made this bookmark for Mom.
Is there room for me on this seat?
I’d like a new computer for Christmas.



He pounds nails in with a hammer.
Mix the flour with water.
She painted the picture with her new paints.


             except and instead of

I like all kinds of food except pasta.
Everyone likes chocolate except Tom.
We go to school every day except Saturday and Sunday.


                like, as and than

The words like, as and than are used to compare things.
Kathleen looks like her dad.
Andrew smiles like his mother.
Peter sings like a professional singer.


Prepositions with Adjectives, Verbs or Nouns

Prepositions are used with some adjectives. The adjectives in these examples

Dad was angry with us.
We were afraid of the big dog.
She’s not very interested in sports.


Prepositions are used with some verbs.

I’m looking for my pencil. Have you seen it?
Can you think of another word for ‘pleased’?
Does this book belong to you?


Prepositions are used with some nouns.

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