Prepositions link and relate a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence. They tell how, where, when, and how something happens.
****One easy way to tell if a word is a preposition, which almost always works, is to say, "The squirrel went _______ the woodpile."
Here are some examples to help you out:
about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but, by, concerning, despite, down, during, except, excepting, for, from, in, inside, into, like, near, of, off, on, onto, out, outside, over, past, regarding, round, since, through, throughout, till, to, toward, under, underneath, until, up, upon, with, within, without
Here's some sentences with the prepositions highlighted:
1. The man went into the house.
2. John hid under his bed.
- ("into" connects "went" and "house". It tells where the man went.....INTO the house. "The squirrel went into the woodpile.")
3. Before class, Bill ate a cookie.
- ("under" connects "hid" and "bed". It tells where John went.....UNDER his bed. "The squirrel went under the woodpile.")
4. Since Christmas, Rachael has been happy.
- ("before" connects "ate" and "before". When did Bill eat the cookie? BEFORE class)
- ("since" connects "Christmas" and "has been". When has Rachael been happy? SINCE Christmas)
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