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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Preposition - Parts of Speech

What is a preposition mean?

Preposition is a part of speech in a sentence which shows the connection between a noun or a verb or an adjective to a noun or a pronoun or an adjective in a sentence. A preposition may be a single word or a group of words.

For example,
The book is ON the table.
The book is NOUN
The table is another NOUN.
ON is the pronoun shows the connection of the book to the table.
So ON is a PREPOSITION.

See more examples:

1. The thief is hiding BEHIND the wall.
2. I am working OUT exercises.
3. They were taking a trip IN a bus.
4. We see a bridge ACROSS the river.

In the above sentences BEHIND, OUT, IN, and ACROSS are the prepositions showing the connection or relationship between two nouns or pronoun in those sentences. The proposition fastening and wrap the words into a meaningful one.

See some common one-word prepositions using in the English language.

1. AT
2. ACROSS
3. ABOUT
4. AFTER
4. ALONG
5. AMONG
6. AROUND
7. BEFORE
8. BY
9. BEHIND
10. BELOW
11. BESIDE
12. BETWEEN
13. BEYOND
14. DOWN
15. FOR
16. FROM
17. IN
18. INSIDE
19. OF
20. ON
21. OUT
22. OUTSIDE
23. SINCE
24. TO
25. THROUGH
26. TILL
27. THEN
27. UP
28. UNDER
29. WITH
30. WITHIN

Now we take one sentence for example and use all the above one-word prepositions, and see how the meaning of the sentence changes as the preposition changes.

The book is ON the table.

The book is INSIDE the table drawer.

The book is ACROSS the table stand.

The book is ABOUT one meter from the table.

The book is AMONG other lesson books in the table.

The book is UNDER the table.

The book is WITHIN table cover.

The book is OUTSIDE the table drawer.

In the next lesson, we will see about preposition phrases. Okay.

Come on…

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