A preposition links a noun or pronoun to another word in a sentence. Prepositions tell more about time, place, and motion in a sentence. They also describe the relationship of a noun to a verb, adverb or adjective. Without them, sentences would be choppy and would not make sense.
Commonly Used Prepositions
There are about 150 prepositions in the English language!
But, we are only going to focus on 10 of the most commonly used prepositions, that include:
A preposition is part of a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase includes the preposition and its object. It starts with a preposition and is followed by a noun, pronoun or gerund that helps to connect the phrase to the rest of the sentence.
Given below are some examples of prepositional phrases. Here, the prepositions are underlined.
- looking at
- from that place
- with her advice
- by the riverside
- about the lesson
- across the table
- for your help
- to the end
- over the bridge
- of the topic
Read some example sentences below. Notice how the prepositions are used to connect words in a sentence.
1. Did you stop by the post office?
2. We will leave at noon tomorrow.
3. He drove over the speed bump hurriedly.
4. Bill can kick the soccer ball across the field.
5. Would you like some fries with your hamburger?
6. Travis ran about five blocks.
7. The toddler wanted a bowl of cereal.
8. Shelby carried my books for me when my arm was broken.
9. Are you going to school tomorrow?
10. The gift is from us.
List of Common Prepositions
Here is a list of some common prepositions: