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Prepositions Prepositions refer to time, place and movement. They are always abstract. That is because they express relationships between or among things, but they do not express or describe things themselves.

Preposition At

Meaning To state time, and to state a place


Near, ownership, and how something was done


To show the intended recipient, quantity of time and purpose


To show the origin, and to show the start time or place


Possession and materials


On top of, and about



Examples The game starts at 9:00. Maya studies at the university. Patrick lives by the sea. That book was written by Harlan Cobain. I sent the letter by mail. This gift is for John. He has been in hospital for 3 days. I am taking this course for my degree. This package is from my brother. This shop is open from 9:00 to 5:00. The wines of France are excellent. Diana´s shirt is made of silk. The book is on the table. I read a book on politics. Ashley is going to Peru next week. David gave a ring to his girlfriend.

Choose the correct prepositions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Some children do not like to go _______ School. Henrietta met her boyfriend ________ the bus. Chita Rodriguez comes __________ Cuba. We will go dancing _______ midnight. I usually go to work _________ car. Kevin lived in London __________ six months. They are _______ holiday. Were there a lot of people __________ the party? I am going away _________ a few days. Silvia has gone _______ Italy. Emma left school _________ fifteen and got a job _________ a shop. I was bitten ___________ a dog. We watched the news _________ television.


A basic overview of a few prepositions common in English

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