Prepositions Explained.

What are prepositions?

Prepositions are words that specify place, direction, and time. For example:

Time prepositions define time. E.g. In – At – On – For – During – While

Place prepositions clarify the location of someone or somebody. E.g. In – On – At 

Direction prepositions are used to clarify the direction of someone or something. E.g. under – over – right – left etc.

How to use a preposition in English?

1. The prepositions come before the noun.

2. Prepositions can be used with all forms of nouns.

3. Prepositions can’t come after a verb, but can be used before a gerund or verb in noun form.

4. The rules above do not change and there are no exceptions to the rules.

Time prepositions

Time prepositions are used to clarify what time an event happened or will happen. 




a specific time

days and dates

period of time – years, months, seasons

at 2:00

on my birthday

in a few days

at lunchtime

on the first day of the school year

in a couple of months

at Christmas

on 11/10/90

in the summer

NOTE: In English we say in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening because they are considered periods of time BUT we say ‘at night’.


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