Prepositions

Using for

August 17, 2013

The word for can be used as a preposition and a conjunction. As a preposition, it is followed by a noun. Let’s buy some flowers for mummy. I waited for hours, but she didn’t come. As a conjunction, for is used to connect two clauses. A for-clause usually shows cause/reason. I asked him to turn […]

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Below, under and beneath

July 22, 2013

These words have very similar meanings and are often confused. Both below and under can be used to mean ‘in a lower position than something’. Although they are both possible in some cases, sometimes we use them in different circumstances. To talk about something being covered by something else, we use under. The cat was […]

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Prepositions used to introduce objects

May 1, 2013

Prepositions are sometimes used to introduce objects.  A few English verbs are normally followed by a direct object without a preposition. Common examples are: discuss, enter, reach, marry, resemble etc. However, many English verbs take a preposition before the object. Common verbs that are followed by at + object are: glance, look, laugh, smile, stare, […]

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Prepositions indicating position close to a point

April 29, 2013

To talk about position close to a point, we use the following prepositions: near, by, next to, between, among and opposite. Near Near means close to someone or something There is a temple near my house. Some students were standing near the gate. Most shops near the station remained closed throughout the day. ‘Is the […]

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Using along

April 13, 2013

Along can be used as a preposition and an adverb. When used as a preposition, it is followed by a noun. When used as an adverb, it is not followed by a noun. The boys walked along the corridor. (Here the noun the corridor acts as the object of the preposition along.) You can bring […]

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Across and through grammar exercise

April 12, 2013

Complete the following sentences using across or through. 1. Who was the first woman pilot to fly ……………………. the Atlantic. a) across b) through 2. She walked …………………… the road and disappeared in the crowd. a) across b) through 3. There is a bridge …………………….. the river. a) across b) through 4. The train was […]

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Across as a preposition and an adverb

April 11, 2013

Across can be used as a preposition or an adverb. When used as a preposition, it is followed by a noun. We walked across the desert. (Here the noun the desert acts as the object of the preposition across.) Across means from one side to the other. She walked across the road. (= She walked […]

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Prepositions exercise

April 8, 2013

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. Note that this exercise is not aimed at native speakers of the language. It is for ESL students. 1. I’m experimenting ……………………….. a new hairstyle. (with / for / in) 2. We did an experiment ………………………… the chemistry lesson today. (in / for / on) 3. My parents […]

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Prepositions exercise

April 4, 2013

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. 1. She was happy when she got the job. But six months ……………………………….. she was fired. 2. I prefer the seaside ……………………………. the mountains. 3. She stopped talking about her illnesses and went ………………………. to tell us about all her other problems. 4. He is inclined …………………………………. lose […]

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Mistakes in the use of prepositions

March 4, 2013

In this lesson we will take a look at some of the most common mistakes in the use of prepositions. Incorrect: The ball rolled slowly in the goal. Correct: The ball rolled slowly into the goal. Incorrect: She ran in the room crying. Correct: She ran into the room crying. The prepositions in and on […]

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