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Prepositions are words that tell you where something is located or positioned compared to something else. Aside from telling you where something is located, prepositions can also tell you when something happened. We use prepositions all the time when we are describing people, places, and things. Look at the example below.
Example: The cup is sitting on the table.
The preposition in this sentence is underlined. The subject of this sentence is the “cup.” We then need to ask, “Where is the cup?” We find the answer to that question near the end of the sentence. The cup is on the table in the sentence. Therefore, the word “on” helps us understand where the cup is located. Prepositions can also tell us where someone is performing an action. Look at the following example.
Example: John jumped into the pool.
The subject here is John, and we can see from the sentence that he is jumping. After we know that he is jumping, we can ask, “Where is john jumping?” The sentence then tells us that John is near a pool, and he is going into the pool. The word “into” is the proposition that tells us where John is jumping. Imagine if we created a sentence after John got out of the pool. What kind of prepositions could we use to describe John compared to the pool? We could say, “John is next to the pool.” We can now see that the preposition changes because John’s location changes.
Prepositions not only tell us where something is, but they also tell us when something happens. Look at the example below.
Example: Sam is having lunch with his neighbor at six o’clock tonight.
The sentence does not tell us where Sam is going to have lunch tonight, but the sentence does tell us when. We know that Sam will meet his neighbor at six. The preposition here, which is telling us when or where, is the word “at.” The prepositions of time can also tell us sequence of events. For instance, look at the sentence below. The word “after” tells us when Sam went home, or did an action.
Example: Sam went home after the dinner with his neighbor.
Prepositions can tell us where someone is performing an action. Look at the following example.
The following list includes common prepositions:
You see that we use prepositions all the time when describing objects and people to people. We have a hard time describing objects to people without using them. Imagine telling your siblings where their shoes are located without using a preposition. It would be impossible! You can see that prepositions are crucial when talking to others. Think about how you would answer the following questions:
Where are your shoes?
Where is your bag?
Where did you put the basketball?
Can you tell me where the library is located?
Can you tell me where you live?
What time do you go to bed usually?
What time do you eat lunch?
Are you going to see your friend?
All of these questions require prepositions to describe where they are located or when they occur.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Prepositions worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of prepositions which are words that tell you where something is located or positioned compared to something else
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