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PREPOSITIONS : What is a preposition? : Words followed by special prepositions : Examples of using prepositions : Common prepositions : Errors in using prepositions

Common Prepositions

The prepositions in common use today include the following: in, on, upon, between, out, over, under, through, by, beside, besides, except, from, to, at, above, before, behind, after, into, against, within, without, with, of, throughout, during.

We also have a group of prepositions that service as single prepositions. They include: in spite of, according to, because of, aside from, up to, out from, out of.

We sometimes say think of me instead of remember me, or ran up instead of approached. In these cases the preposition is a part of the verb; but if we separate it from the verb and refer to it as a single word, then it is an adverb.

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositions form but a small group—a hundred or so. No more than half are in common use today. Preposition are all the same kind; they all perform the same duty. We can easily recognized them with one exception. Sometimes a preposition cannot carry the burden of pointing out relationship so we use some other part of speech to aid its meaning.

Notice the following sentences:

EX.— He succeeded by means of hard work.
EX.— He failed because of his neglect.
EX.— Brian went in place of Danielle.
EX.— They were to write to us in regard to this matter.
EX.— On account of heavy storms, we were delayed a week.

We have used the italicized words so many times to express a single idea that we think each group is a single word. We do not stop to look how each word aids the other word in making a sentence.

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PREPOSITIONS : What is a preposition? : Words followed by special prepositions : Examples of using prepositions : Common prepositions : Errors in using prepositions