What if all prepositions miraculously vanished from the English language? Oh, that would be a complete disaster! These small parts of speech are not as shy as they might seem. You might pay little or no attention to prepositions when they are at their right places, but you will definitely miss prepositions when they are absent. These preposition sentence examples will help you understand the value of every single preposition.
What is a preposition and a prepositional phrase?
A preposition is a part of speech, which shows the relations between other parts of a sentence. For example, in the sentence “The book was read by David”, the preposition “by” indicates the doer of the action.
A prepositional phrase is a phrase consisting of a preposition and a noun or pronoun. For example, “behind the curtain”, “around the world”, “through the wood” are excellent examples of prepositional phrases.
The art of understanding prepositions
The meaning of prepositions can be rather tricky. Meet the 3 main types of prepositions you will usually find in academic papers:
- time: at, on, in (at 12 p.m., on Monday, in the evening);
- location: at, on, in (at home, on the floor, in the library);
- movement: to, toward, towards (to school, toward the light, towards her dream realization.)
Note that no preposition is needed for the words home, downtown, upstairs, outside.
List of prepositions
These are the most popular prepositions you will need to know to make your writing easy to read and understand:
- in spite of
- with regard to
Beware of unnecessary prepositions
The use of prepositions immediately demonstrates your grammar knowledge. That’s why you should always appropriately use prepositions or even not use any of them if no preposition is necessary.
For instance, check the odd prepositions in the following prepositional phrase examples:
- I threw the book out (
of) the window.
- A ball fell off (
of) the table.
- The girl went inside (
of) the room.
- Where do you live (
- Where are you going (
Hopefully, this list of most common prepositions and examples of prepositional phrases will help you improve your grammar and produce a positive impression on everyone who reads your papers.