Preposition Hacks: Learn How to Use Them With Examples

May 17, 2022 ...

When speaking English, prepositions are extremely crucial. Most students, especially from non-English speaking countries, often use the incorrect one or use no preposition at all. But, what is a preposition, what does a preposition mean and why is it necessary? We will explore these concepts in this article.

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What Is Preposition?

A preposition is a word that shows the relationship between words in a sentence. Typically, prepositions relate Nouns or Pronouns with other words or phrases of the sentence.

They cannot work on their own. It should have an object, which is a noun or pronoun that refers to something else in the sentence.

A prepositional phrase is comprised of the preposition as well as its object, and any object modifiers.

During, about, across, in, under, etc. are some examples of prepositions. At the mall, under the table, in the bag, etc. are the prepositional phrases that contain the object also and work together in a sentence.

But why do we need prepositions?

Functions of Preposition

Prepositions are finicky little things. Because of the comparative shortness of the words (most of these are six letters or less) and their frequently misplaced role in the larger scheme of things, we should treat them with caution.

They primarily have two purposes:

  • The first function of a preposition is to connect the noun (all kinds of nouns) to the following words in a sentence.
  • And the second function of a preposition is to define the position of nouns or pronouns (person or object)

Prepositions are classified into three types:

  • Prepositions of Time:

Prepositions of time are used to explain the time of something or someone performing an action. At, on, in, while, during, and other time prepositions are some examples.

  • Prepositions of Place:

This kind of preposition specifies the location of someone or something. Examples of time prepositions include: at, on, in, while, during, and so on.

  • Prepositions of Direction:

Prepositions of direction are often used to specify the path or direction of something or someone. Direction prepositions include: under, over, right, left, and so on.

Now that you know the functions of prepositions, let’s find out the use of prepositions in English grammar.

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How To Use them in English?

In a collection of English prepositions, you’ll find words like ‘in,’ ‘above,’ ‘behind,’ ‘from,’ and ‘with.’ They have a special status as parts of speech since they constitute a ‘closed class.’ In other words, they are a small collection of words that do not accept new members. It is in contrast to nouns, adjectives, and verbs, which constantly welcome new members to their respective groups.

They are crucial because they operate as essential identifiers to the structure of the sentences. They highlight particular links between people, objects, and places. As a result, we must think very carefully about how we include its learning and teaching in our classrooms.

So, before using them, keep the following in your mind:

  1. Prepositions are frequently used before nouns.
  2. They can be used with any noun type (e.g. collective nouns, pronouns, etc).
  3. They cannot precede a verb, although they could be used before a gerund or verb in noun form.
  4. The above-mentioned regulations do not alter, because there are no exceptions.


Some basic examples of how to use different prepositions are as follows:

  1. You should rewrite the introduction of your research.
  2. Samantha left her hoodie in the car.
  3. Did you send that letter to your father?
  4. We’ll be cooking for 15 guests tomorrow.
  5. Ritul ate lunch with his boss and colleagues.

We hope this helps to clear up any confusion regarding this particular topic. Remember to use prepositions when communicating, and your English might sound more natural and less broken.

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