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Technical stuff – part 12: prepositions

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A preposition is another type of word along with, for example, verbs, adjectives and nouns.

Prepositions are often used to describe where someone or something is or the time that something took place.

For example:

The firework display will start in the evening. (‘In’ is the preposition.)

The cat is between the fence and the wall. (‘Between’ is the preposition.)

The food is on the table. (‘On’ is the preposition.)

I work during the day. (‘During’ is the preposition.)

You’ve probably heard the mantra that you can’t place a preposition at the end of a sentence. Well, you can. Find out more.

Here’s a list of common prepositions:

  • To
  • Over
  • Under
  • Along
  • Above
  • Across
  • At
  • in
  • Below
  • Among
  • Off
  • On
  • Towards
  • With
  • During
  • Before
  • After
  • For
  • Between
  • Beside

Nouns, verbs and adjectives

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