A preposition is a linking word, that is placed before a noun (or a pronoun) and establishes the positional relationship with other words in the sentence.
In simpler words, a preposition is a connecting word, that links the noun/pronoun with the verb/adjective in the sentence.
She is sitting on a chair.
She - pronoun
Sitting - verb
On - preposition
Chair - noun
The preposition (on) connects the pronoun, verb and the noun.
Prepositions, as the name suggests, usually denote the position of the subject in the sentence.
Take a look at the following:
1. It usually rains in September.
2. I usually sleep early at night.
3. Since 2015, I have stopped eating sugar.
4. Before 2004, there were many problems in our society.
5. I'm on leave till 24th of this month.
The emphasized words establishes a connection between the noun and the other words in the sentence.
Prepositions are of different types. Let us look into each type in detail:
Here is a list of commonly used simple prepositions:
Some of the compound prepositions are:
Here is a list of some participle prepositions:
Here is a list of common phrasal prepositions:
|according to||in place of||with reference to|
|by means of||in spite of||in front of|
|for the sake of||with a view to||owing to|
|in lieu of||with regard to||instead of|
Prepositions can be classified on the basis of its functionality. The prepositions used are the same in both types of classifications.
Some of the examples from the lesson Fire: Friend and Foe:
- Long before he began to use fire himself.
- The oxygen in the air combines with fuel.
- When you blow on smouldering paper, it often bursts into flame.
- Every fuel has a particular temperature at which it begins to burn.
- We spend millions of rupees each year in fighting fires.
- Now there are laws about building construction.
- One of the three things needed for burning is taken away.
- If the temperature can be brought down below the flash point, the fuel stops burning.
- You remove the hot air around the flame.
- They can help people suffering from burns.
- Fuel and oxygen do not make fire by themselves.
- It only means that fire is very useful as long as it is kept under control.