English/Parts of Speech/Prepositions

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General: Introduction - Grammar
Parts of speech: Nouns - Verbs - Adjectives - Adverbs - Pronouns - Conjunctions - Prepositions - Interjections
Parts of the sentence: Subjects - Predicates
Word functions: Subjects - Predicates - Direct Objects - Indirect Objects - Objects of the Preposition
Types of sentences: Simple Sentences - Complex Sentences
Types of Phrases: Adjective - Adverb - Noun
Types of Clauses: Adjective - Adverb - Noun
Other English topics: Gerunds - Idiomatic Phrases - Spelling - Vocabulary - Punctuation - Syntax - Appositives - Phonics - Pronunciation

Prepositions are joining words - they join a noun (the noun being talked about is the object of the preposition, or OP) to the preposition, which adds more "spice" to your sentence.


Note: The preposition will be bold, the OP will be italic.

1. I saw a rainbow above the house.

2. It was pretty, and in the rainbow were colors.

3. Those colors were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, and they were over the house too.

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Did you see the words between the Preposition and the OP? These are words that tell what the Preposition is describing. (Think of it this way: Without the, an, or a, it would be like "above house". That doesn't make sense.

There are three main kinds of prepositions: prepositions of time, prepositions of space, and prepositions of sphere. See their pages to learn more.

A, an, and the are articles.

See also


Parts of speech