Let’s learn what is Preposition?
What is preposition? A very common question for all of us. In this session, we have discussed the details of prepositions along with a lot of examples.
An animated video is also part of this session for better understanding!
What is Preposition in English Grammar is a very common question for all of us from our childhood. We have read so many English grammar preposition books as well.
Let us see, details of preposition along with Preposition Examples.
Now, keep all the books together. Take an apple and keep on it. If your friend asks you where is the apple? What do you reply to him? You will simply say, the apple is kept on the book and your friend will understand the location of the apple.
Now, if you remove ‘’on’’ from the above sentence, it will become, ‘’apple is kept – the table’’. Now, can you understand where is the apple? No, because the word ‘’on’’ is missing and the sentence will be divided into two parts:
1) apple is kept and
2) the book.
Hence, if we place ‘’on’’ in the sentence it will connect both the part of the sentence.
If we keep the apple below the table, we will say, ‘’apple is kept below the table’’. Like ‘’on’’, ‘’below’’ is also making meaning of the sentence.
Let’s don’t keep the apple below, take it and enjoy it!
This tiny word ‘’on’’ and ‘’below’’ helps the sentence to have meaning by connecting two parts of the sentence. This is known as a preposition in English Grammar.
In this session, we will totally clear all the basics about preposition” with so many Preposition Examples.
We will understand the meaning of preposition and conclude the definition of preposition.
The word preposition consists of ‘’Pre’’ & ‘’Position’’. ‘’Pre’’ means before and ‘’position’’ means place. So, preposition means ‘’place before’’. Normally, preposition comes before nouns or pronouns.
Let us try to understand. Now, we will take another two examples:
Here, in the first sentence, ‘’in’’ divided into two parts ”I will meet’’ and ‘’January’’.
If the tiny word ‘in’ is missing between these two parts, the sentence will not have any meaning. Here, January is a noun. Hence, we can say, ‘’in’’ connects between noun and other parts.
In the second sentence, ‘’to’’ divided into two parts ‘’He is going’’ and ‘’School’’. Here, ‘to’ connects these two parts. School is a noun. Hence, we can say, ‘’to’’ connects between noun and other parts.
These other parts may be nouns, or pronouns or adjectives, or verbs, based on the sentence structure.
Hence, if anyone asks what is preposition? we can say,
”a preposition is a word that connects nouns or pronouns to other words within a sentence”.
Preposition meaning, in short:
There are thousands of prepositions in English Grammar, however, we are using a few of them in our daily life. Let’s explore!
These all, prepositions, normally placed in front of nouns in English Grammar. It is not mandatory to place it always in front of nouns or pronouns or adverbs, sometimes it can be placed at the end of the sentence too. It totally depends on the use as well as the type of sentences.
Let us check, a few exercises with a clear explanation of examples:
Preposition ”on” connects ”a pen is kept” and ”the book” and it indicates the place of the pen. Here, ”on” indicates the place.
Preposition ”at” connects ”The cyclone hit the land” and ”5.00 PM” and it indicates the time of the cyclone. Here, ”at” indicates the time
Preposition ”to” connects ”They are going” and ”school” and it indicates the direction or movement. Here, ”to” indicates direction or movement
Preposition ”in” connects ”He has written a letter” and ”English” and it indicates the manner how has it been written. Here, ”in” indicates manners
Preposition ”by” connects ”Power of Emptiness has been written” and ”Tanusri Sen” and it indicates the agent, that Tanusri Sen has written this book. Here, ”by” indicates agent or instrument.
Preposition ”at” connects ”Cheetah can run” and ”180 km/hr speed” and it indicates a value. Here, ”at” indicates the measure
Preposition ”in” connects ”I read the article” and ”the newspaper” and it indicates the source of something. Here, ”in” indicates the source
Preposition ”of” connects ”A girl” and ”courage” and it indicates someone own something. Here, ”of” indicates possession
So, prepositions are used in the case of the followings:
The use of prepositions is very crucial in our life to communicate properly. Incorrect use of prepositions will change the total meaning.
Let’s take an example for understanding.
We will take the three most commonly used prepositions,
Hey, are you surprised to see where are you! So, we have to use these tiny words very carefully!
Hence, if we say someone that we are on the taxi, he will understand where are we (see the above image)!
So, it is clear that if we use the wrong prepositions at the wrong place, the meaning will be absolutely wrong!
We have already learned the basics of prepositions. There are many examples of uses of preposition have been illustrated for more clarity:
These are a few examples used in English. May be every time it is not possible to remember the exact placing of it, so, there are also few rules available for preposition.
Hence, we understand the lesson! Any doubt, please feel free to write! And of course, you can share our article in your friend circle.
Always welcome, all kinds of suggestions for improvement. Thanks a lot!
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