A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition also shows the location of a noun, pronoun or phrase in time and space.
A noun is a word used to name a person, place, thing, animal or an abstract idea.
Example sentences for using prepositions:
About: I read something about cars at the library.
In this sentence the word “cars” is a common noun because it refers to a thing. The preposition word “about” introduces both the common noun “cars” and its location word “library”.
Above: The frisbee flew above the trees and got stuck in the branches.
The word “above” is the preposition because it shows the location of the common noun “frisbee”.
Across: Across In June, you might come across baby ducklings, but you are not to disturb them.
In this sentence the word “across” is the preposition because it shows the location of the common noun “lake”. Where is the lake? It is across the bridge.
After: After I brushed my teeth, I put the dog outside and then went to bed.
In this sentence the preposition “after” tells us the timeframe for a series of events that occurred before I went to bed. In this case “I” is a personal pronoun.
Against: The book leant against the shelf.
The word “against” is the preposition because it shows where the book was being leant, in this case the shelf. Here “shelf” is a common noun.
Along: Should we walk along the beach until sunset, or until we can't walk any further?
In this sentence the preposition “along” tells us the location of the common noun “beach”.
Amid: Our tent was set amid the dry rocks of the desert.
The word “amid” is the preposition which shows where the tent was located, in the desert. The common noun here is desert.
At: At the back of the class, Jack could be heard laughing.
In this sentence the preposition “at” shows the location for the proper noun “Jack”.
Among: Jenny said, “don't worry, you are among my friends.”
The word “among” is the preposition which shows the location of the countable noun “friends”.
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