In this chapter the prepositions in English will be explained. Prepositions are used to define a relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in the sentence.
A preposition is a word that defines a relationship between words in a sentence. It can describe for example the time, the position or the movement of something.
Prepositions in English examples:
They can also accompany a verb, forming the phrasal verbs. These are combinations of a verb and a preposition. The meaning of the phrasal verb is different from the original one.
The prepositions can be placed in two different positions in the sentence:
There are approximately 150 different prepositions in English. There are different types of prepositions, but the three main categories are shown in the following table:
|Type of prepositions||Usage||Example|
|Prepositions of time||These prepositions indicate the time of a certain event or situation.||
|Prepositions of place||These prepositions indicate the position of something or someone.||
|Prepositions of movement||These prepositions indicate the movement of something or someone.||
Some prepositions in English do not belong to one of the categroes as described above. Below you can find an example of one of those prepositions:
'About' is used to talk about a specific topic. The table below shows the usage of 'about'.
|About + noun||Used to describe what the subject of something is or what someone is talking about.||
|About + infinitive||Used to say that something is going to happen soon.||
The three English prepositions 'in', 'at' and 'on' can be used in different ways, not just for a place.
Some English verbs are followed by prepositions, because this important for the meaning of the verb in a sentence.
Some English adjectives need to be combined with a preposition, because it is essential for the meaning of the adjective.
Take a look at the subchapters of this chapter to learn more about the prepositions in English, including a list of common prepositions used in English.
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