Sentences will not make any sense if prepositions are not present. Basically they indicate the relationship between the noun and the other words in the sentence. They show the relationships of sequence, space, and logic between the object and the rest of the sentence. They help us understand the order, time, connections and position.
We use a preposition to relate a noun or a pronoun to some other word in the sentence.
For example, in the sentence, “The players on the field are tired.”
The preposition “on” shows the relationship between ‘players’ and ‘field’.
Seema went to the mall.
“To” is a preposition which shows direction.
What is the time by your watch?
“By” is a preposition which shows manners.
They arrived at the airport.
“At” is a preposition which shows time.
The bag is under the table.
“Under” is a preposition which shows place.
Prepositions which contain only one word are known as Single Prepositions. For eg- on, at, in, to for, of, from, up, etc.
He was in the hotel for the party.
She bought the gift for her son.
The postmen left the parcel at the door.
When there is more than one word of prepositions present, it is known as Double preposition. For eg- Upto, within, etc.
Compound Preposition: Compound prepositions consist of two or more words.
Participle Preposition: Participle preposition consists of words that end in “ing”. These are verbs which act as a preposition.
She talked regarding the social structure.
Considering the fact that it is cloudy, it might rain tonight.
Everyone attended the royal wedding, including the celebrities.
This kind of preposition indicates when it indicates the time factor in the sentence. Pointing out an action which happened, happens or will happen in the future.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd of October.
I will reach there after sunset.
Hope we can reach there before sunrise.
These kinds of prepositions are used to indicate a place or position. The most interesting thing is that the prepositions used in this are also in, at, on, which were used for time prepositions as well. But, there is nothing very you can easily understand about how to place them.
Book is on the table.
The bag is in the cupboard.
We like books at the bookstore.
There are other prepositions of place as well like, Outside, inside, under, over, near.
This preposition indicates the direction in which someone or something is moving. The most common preposition used is to.
We are going to the railway station.
David went to the beach every day for a morning walk.
He jumped into the swimming pool.
Some other examples are- Across, through, into, over, down, up, past, around.
Prepositions of Manner
These prepositions describe the way anything happens or any means by which it happens. Few such prepositions are by, like, in with and on.
Children go to school by bus.
We went to a movie in a taxi.
He played football like champions.
These kinds of prepositions show the quantity of something with someone or something.
Two main prepositions are by and of.
The Shopkeeper sells the cloth by metres.
Richard bought four kilos of tomatoes for a soup.
Preposition of source demonstrates the source of something or someone.
She was paid a scholarship by her college for all her semesters.
All the love the child received was straight from his mother’s heart.
This preposition shows that something or someone belongs to something or someone. Such as of, with and to.
I saw her with a black dress.
This burger joint is of a well known political leader.
These are the kinds of prepositions and practising more exercises will make you the master of Prepositions.
1. What is Preposition of Measure?
This preposition can be used while describing the quantity of something with something.
The milkman sells milk by litres.
We bought dozens of vegetables for the curry.
2. What is the Difference Between Single and Double Preposition?
Prepositions with single word are known as a single preposition and the ones with the more than one word are double prepositions.