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Prepositions usually describe the position of something, the time when something happens and the way in which something is done, although the prepositions "of," "to," and "for" have some separate functions.
Prepositions can also be used to end sentences. For example, "What did you put that there for?"
The table below shows some examples of how prepositions are used in sentences.
|Position|| The cat is under the table.|
He is sitting on the chair.
|Time|| The class starts at 8 am.|
I am going to Spain on Wednesday.
|How Something is Done||We travelled by car.|
|Possession|| The book belongs to Colin.|
The door of the house is red.
Here is a list of common prepositions:
- Because of
- Instead of
- Next to
- Out of
- Heather MacFadyen. "What is a Preposition?". University of Ottawa. http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/preposit.html. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Prepositions". Oxford Dictionaries. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/prepositions. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Prepositions "Of," "To," and "For"". Talk English. http://www.talkenglish.com/Grammar/prepositions-of-to-for.aspx. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Ending sentences with prepositions". Oxford Dictionaries. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/ending-sentences-with-prepositions. Retrieved 27 March 2014.