Prepositions are everywhere. You can’t listen to, speak or read English without finding them. Here are a couple of examples:
What do you know about prepositions?
Are you interested in learning more?Example sentences with prepositions
This guide is divided into sections that deal with:
We use prepositions of place to say where someone or something is, for example “at school” or “in London”.
“In”, “at” and “on” are common prepositions that are used to describe where something is. Here are some common uses of in”, “at” and “on” to talk about place or location.
Here are some examples of “in”, “at” and “on” used in sentences to describe where something is.
“He lives in Barcelona.”
“The painting was on the wall.”
“He lived at number 56 Yardley St.”Examples sentences with prepositions of place “in”, “at” & “on”.
This gallery shows common prepositions of place or location with the position of a red can. In the first image, the can is on (top of) the box.
That’s all you need for talking about where something is, so let’s move on to how to talk about when something is.
Prepositions of time specify when something happens.
I moved here in 1987, on the 14 of June.
I’m going to see my family at Christmas. I’m looking forward to eating with them on Christmas day.
In the summer the sun comes up really early in the morning and in the winter it gets dark early in the evening.Examples of prepositions of time in context.
Prepositions of Movement
Prepositions of movement describe how something is moving.
As she was driving along the road she saw a man walk across it and go into a shop.
They went through the park, walked around the lake and climbed over the gate to get into the gardens.Examples of sentences with prepositions of movement .
Test yourself on Prepositions of Place, Time and Movement with this interactive exercise!
And that’s almost everything! The final section of this guide looks at when verbs need prepositions.
Common Verbs with Dependent Prepositions
Many verbs are often used with dependent prepositions. These prepositions clarify aspects of the use of the verb. For example in the combination of “listen” and “to” (listen to), the “to” specifies what has the listener’s attention (listen to the radio).
My family and I can’t agree on anything, we’re always arguing about something, so someone always ends up apologising to someone for something that they have been offended by.Example sentences with verbs and their dependent prepositions.
Learn Dependent Prepositions with This Training Game
The best way to learn verbs and dependent preposition combinations is to use this dependent prepositions training game. With just a couple of minutes a day you can learn these combinations quickly and easily!
If you want to test yourself and see how well you can use prepositions, check out the interactive quizzes below!