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Prepositions are words which show the relationship between a noun (e.g. "cat") or a pronoun (e.g. "she") and other words in the sentence. For example, "My cat is on the table", "I went with Mike to the cinema". Prepositions can indicate relationships in time and position as well as other types of relationships. Information about prepositions (about.com).

Some groups of words also act like prepositions ("complex prepositions"), for example "in front of", e.g. you could say "The cat is on the table." or (if the cat has now jumped off the table) you could say "The cat is in front of the table." Notice how "on" and "in front of" both occupy the same part of the sentence - this helps you to tell which bits of the sentence are working like a preposition - if you can change a part of the sentence for another preposition word (like "on") and it still sounds right then you have probably got a preposition.

Examples of prepositions

  • aboard
  • about
  • above
  • across
  • after
  • against
  • along
  • amid
  • among
  • around
  • as
  • at
  • before
  • behind
  • below
  • beneath
  • beside
  • between
  • beyond
  • by
  • despite
  • down
  • during
  • for
  • from
  • in
  • in front of
  • inside
  • into
  • like
  • near
  • of
  • off
  • on
  • on top of
  • onto
  • out
  • out of
  • outside
  • over
  • past
  • round
  • since
  • than
  • through
  • throughout
  • to
  • towards
  • under
  • unlike
  • until
  • up
  • upon
  • while
  • with
  • within
  • without
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