Prepositions are words that indicate some kind of relationship between objects. There are four types of prepositions:
1. Time, place, and to introduce objects of verbs
There is an extensive list of prepositions in this category, but some examples are in, on, near, at, over, among, and for.
- I'll meet you at four o'clock (time).
- The hat is on the shelf (place).
- She is looking for her dog (introducing object of verb).
For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions for time, place, and introducing objects". 2. Direction
Prepositions of direction express a movement toward something and appear with verbs of motion: to, onto, into.
- Please give the paper to me.
- The rain dripped into my eyes.
For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of direction".
3. LocationPrepositions of location help to describe states of being or location: at, on, in.
- I'll meet you at the house.
- Let's jump in the pool.
For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of location".
4. Spatial relationships
These prepositions help to explain where one object is in relation to another object,such as inside, beside, above, across.
- May I sit beside you?
- Please put the gift inside the box.
For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of spatial relationships".
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