Prepositions in English
It is very important you master the prepositions in English.
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If you really understand them, and use them correctly, your reading, listening, speaking and writing will greatly improve.
is a word which is used before a noun to show its
connection to another word in the sentence.
Prepositions of place
Prepositions of place help us understand where something is
The easiest way to explain the basic prepositions of place is to use
The man is on
The man is putting plates on
The man is under
The eggs are in
The coffee is in
- The triangle is next to the circle.
- The circle is between the triangle
and the square.
- The square is next to the circle.
- The triangle is on the left.
- The square is on the right.
- The circle is in the center.
The man is on top of
I hope he doesn't fall off
The men are opposite
They are pointing at
The criminal is behind
He is in
The teacher is in front
She is drawing on
The board is on
She has a piece of chalk in
her left hand.
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Sometimes, particular words need certain prepositions of place.
- You get on
or off a
plane, a bus, or a train, but you get in (to) or out (of) a car.
- People sit on
a chair, at
- They talk on
- They look at
a clock, which may be on
There is no easy way to remember prepositions, as it is
one area of English where the rules seem very irregular.
The best way
to learn them is in phrases. When you find a new word that needs a
preposition with it, you need to remember the preposition with the
It is a great idea to note down prepositions in your
, along with any nouns or verbs that always go with
If you remember pictures easily then draw pictures to help you.
Move things around and repeat where they are.
Test your friends and
classmates, and have them test you.
These are all great ways to help
you remember prepositions in English.