Preposition of place is a preposition that is used to denote a place where someone or something is being located. There are mainly 3 prepositions that are used to describe a place, but they can be used in endless ways to discuss an almost endless number of places. The three prepositions are as follows, that describes someone or something at a location:
At - A preposition of place that is used to denote a certain point.
In - A preposition of place that is used to denote an enclosed area where someone is present.
On - A preposition of place that is used to denote on the surface of a thing where someone is present.
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Preposition of place
The preposition of a place allows a person to specifically point out the place where the action is taking place. That place can be in a story or when discussing important details for communication purposes. The preposition of a place particularly allows you to tell others where something is located. Some of the examples of the preposition of place are as follows:
Tom waited for Jimmy at a corner.
Sheila is growing apples in her garden.
I was so tired that I took a nap in the car.
The plates were placed on the table.
Stop throwing your dirty clothes on the floor.
I am waiting for you at the bus stop.
Now before moving ahead with the concept of the preposition of place, let us have a little clarity on what is a preposition. It has been discussed below in the next segment.
What is a Preposition?
A preposition is a word or group of words used before a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to show direction, time, place, location, spatial relationships, or to introduce an object. Some examples of prepositions are words like "in," "at," "on," "of," and "to." Prepositions are considered to be highly idiomatic in the English language. Though there are certain rules to using prepositions, many of the prepositions used depend on fixed expressions. Thus, in this case, it is best to memorise the phases rather than memorising the individual prepositions.
Now there are various kinds of prepositions that have been discussed below.
Preposition of Direction
The prepositions "to," "in," "into," "on," and "onto” are used to refer to the direction. Some of the examples of the same are given below.
Meera drove to the store.
Come right into the house.
Drive onto the road and park the car there.
Preposition of Time
The prepositions “in,” “at,” and “on” are used to refer to one point in time. Some of the examples of the same are discussed below:
Winter is at its peak in December.
She sits for studies in the evening.
I go to work at 9 o'clock.
I work on Sundays.
Preposition of Place
Preposition of place is a preposition that is used to denote a place where someone or something is being located. There are mainly 3 prepositions that are used to describe a place, which are at, in, and on. To refer to an object higher than a point, use the prepositions "over" and "above." To refer to an object lower than a point, use the prepositions "below," "beneath," "under," and "underneath." Some of the examples are discussed below:
We planned to meet at lunchtime.
He left his wallet on the bed
She was sitting in the corner.
Put the pen inside the box.
The plane flew over the house.
The cups were placed above the plates on the shelves.
Basements are constructed below the ground.
There is a lot of dust beneath the carpet.
The prepositions "by," "near," "next to," "between," "among," and "opposite” are used to refer to a subject that is close to a point.
The grocery store is by the gas station.
The park is near the house.
Park your car next to the bike.
There is a rabbit between the two bushes.
There is a park opposite the house.
There is a pineapple placed among the apples.
Prepositions of Location
The prepositions "in" (an area or volume), "at" (a point), and "on" (a surface) are used to refer to a location. Some of the examples of such prepositions are as follows:
I found the book at the library.
There is a lot of dirt on the car.
They lived in the country.
Prepositions of Spatial Relationships
The prepositions "above," "across," "against," "ahead of," "along," "among," "around," "behind," "below," "beneath," "beside," "between," "from," "in front of," "inside," "near," "off," "out of," "through," "toward," "under," and "within” are used to refer to the spatial relationships. Some of the examples of such prepositions are as follows:
The kids are hiding behind the bushes.
His shirt is off.
The grocery store is across the street from the house.
We will find many attractions along the way.
Walk towards the park and then turn right.
Examples of Prepositions of Place
Do You Know?
Prepositions are the words that help in linking the pronouns, nouns, and other words in a sentence.
They are used to refer to some location or someone's position.
They describe the time when something has happened or is about to happen.
Prepositions also focus on how a particular act has been accomplished.
They do not have the same use in a particular sentence.
In English language and grammar, prepositions are used to even end sentences.
Above, about, across, in, on, from, and over are some of the most frequently used prepositions.
When you take any one of the prepositions and place them in front of a noun, they act more like a verb or an adjective.
In this article, we have learned about the preposition of place. Along with that, we have also learned about prepositions of direction, time, location and spatial relationships. These prepositions help kids to build proper sentence structures. Also, learning prepositions added new words into the kids’ minds.