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

What are Prepositions?

PrepositionsDEFINITION: A word is a preposition when we use it before a noun or pronoun to show position or direction.

The preposition performs a double duty. It 1) connects and 2) points out relationship.

That is to say, it joins a substantive (any word or group of words functioning as a noun), which usually follows it with another word in the sentence; it indicates what the one has to do with the other.

In the sentence: They live in a house, the preposition in joins the noun house with the verb live. We know what They live means, and we know what a house is. The preposition explains what the one has to do with the other. If we remove the preposition, the part of the meaning is lost; the remaining nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech sound jumbled.

1. Candles were lighted early.
2. Candles were lighted in the evening.
3. Oil candles were lighted.
4. Candles of oil were lighted.

The word in makes the connection between lighted and evening, and that the whole phrase in the evening serves to name the time just as early does in the first sentence. Of in the fourth sentence shows the relation between oil and candles.

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





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