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  • Do you know how to use these 10 Prepositions correctly?

    Prepositions are short words (for example in, on, with, after), which in English always come in front of nouns and connect nouns with other words in the sentence.  Their spelling never changes and they are always short words.  Learning to use prepositions correctly takes practice.  These prepositions can mean space, position, direction and time depending on how they are used and which words they are put with.  Here are my 10 prepositions that confuse even advanced English students:

     

    Prepositions of time which include at, on and in

     

    The preposition at is used to tell us a specific time

    For example:  the train is due to depart at 12.30 pm

     

    The preposition on is used to conjunction with specific days and dates

    For example:  My sister is coming on Monday

    We are having a party on Sunday

     

    The preposition in is used for non-specific times of a day or month or year

     

    For example:  She likes to go running in the evening

    He started the job in 2015

    He is going to leave in July

    They live in Bristol

     

    Prepositions of time, which include for and since

     

    The preposition for when we measure time whether in seconds, minutes, hours, days, months or years.

     

    For example:  He swam under water for six minutes

    She lived in Paris for 10 years

    They have been quarrelling for the last hour

     

    The preposition since is used to determine a specific time or date

     

    For example:  They worked there since 1999

    We have been sitting in the waiting room since 12.30

     

    Prepositions marking the sense of time including to, till and until

     

    Examples:        I am working from Tuesday to/till/until Saturday

    He is on vacation until Monday

    The work will not be finished until Friday

     

    Prepositions of position, which include on top of, next to, by, above, beside, below

     

    Examples:        The bus stop is next to the station

    The book is on top of the table

    The chair is next to the table

    The dog is sitting under the table

    The whales are swimming below the surface of the water

    She is standing by the car

     

    Prepositions of direction using across and over

     

    Examples:        We will walk over the bridge

    We will climb over the wall

    She will swim across the lake

     

    Prepositions using time using since, for, ago and past

     

    Examples:        I went to Paris two years ago

    The time is ten past six (6.10)

    We will be there for two months

    She went there for 3 weeks

    They have been there since 2015

     

    Prepositions using off, out of, about, and from

     

    Examples:        He will get off the bus, which arrives in 5 minutes

    We are talking about you

    She started learning English from the age of 35

    I got out of the taxi at the station

    This is a present from Jenny

     

    Prepositions of position using outside and inside

     

    Examples:        The garden is outside our house

    The case has been left inside the car

     

    Prepositions toward and towards which expresses movement

     

    Example:          We are moving toward the sun

    We are walking toward the light

    This is a step towards the completion of your project

     

    Preposition using throughout and through

     

    Example:          The virus spread throughout England

    The River Thames runs through London

     

    Know all these Prepositions but still can’t speak English fluently? Try our award winning Conversational method

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    Related resources:

    https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/594/01/

     

     

     

     

     

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