Advanced English Grammar

 

 

Prepositions

 

Learning prepositions can cause many difficulties for learners of the English language.

It does help to learn what prepositions are -- and how they are used -- but more importantly, you need to know the word combinations that you'll find them in.

It's a fact, some words just go together and all you can do is learn them 'by heart.'

There are no specific reasons why-- well, at least not obvious ones -- and students often find this particular item of the English language difficult to master.

In fact, speaking as someone who has taught English as a foreign language for twenty years, I would say that prepositions have caused my students the most difficulties.

That said, it pays to take a look at some of the pages in this site as you'll find plenty of useful and practical information regarding prepositions and the best way, or ways, to learn them.

You can get started by having the following question answered...


 

What are prepositions?

Well, they are words that show the relationship between other words in the sentence. They come before nouns and pronouns and sometimes, (rarely) before other words. Plus, they don't change form with gender or case differences as do other words.

Example: What are you doing after school today? (time)

Example: What did you do that for? (why did you do that?)

Example: I grew up next to, or beside, the school. (place, right next door)
 

As can be seen from the examples above, there are prepositions of place, time and reason.



There are also prepositions of position, movement, ways and means, group relationships and comparisons to name a few. You'll find more information about all types of prepositions on others pages within this site. 

If you're interested in a complete list of prepositions, Wikipedia has a good one. You can go to it by clicking on the preceding link. 

***Follow the links in the menu at the left of this page to see more pages concerning English prepositions and prepositional phrases.