Introduction to Prepositions in English language

Hello, in this lesson, we will be looking at Prepositions. So the question comes in: what is a preposition in English language? Simple. A preposition explains the relationship between two items or even persons. Prepositions basically show the relationship between two items.

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Look at this sentence

The balloon flew over the girl.

Watch out for the relationship between the balloon and the girl. Here the relationship shows the balloon went on top of the girl. The word “over” there is the preposition showing the relationship (position) between the girl and the balloon. That is what a preposition basically is.

In English language, there are a lot of prepositions. We have other examples of prepositions like over, above, on, at, after, until, among, around, up, beyond etc. They are pretty numerous. Let us check out some examples with them.

Alli is among the crowd of students.

The preposition “among” shows the relationship between Alli and the crowd. It tells us the position of Alli in relation to the crowd of students.

Until Ghalib showed up, Aamir didn’t leave.

The preposition there is “until”. It shows us the relationship or the connection between when Aamir left and when Ghalib came. This is basically what a preposition does in English language.

This case is beyond what Aaryan can handle.

The preposition there is “beyond”. It shows the relationship between the case and Aaryan’s capacity (that is what she can handle).

The preposition can play many roles in the English language as well as are of many types. There are prepositions that show a relationship in time between objects, there are prepositions that show a relationship in place between objects while there are those that are generally used to introduce objects. Let us look at these prepositions.

First, let us begin with the preposition for time.

Prepositions like on, at, in, until, before can be used in showing the relationship in time between items. Talking about on, ”on” as a preposition is commonly used with days.

I am going to reach you on Wednesday.
I am happy school resumes on Monday.

You see the role “on” plays?

Let us examine the preposition “at” next as a preposition of time.

The train arrives at noon.
The drama begins at 4.00pm.

Prepositions like since, to, for, during, from, by, until, during are all used to show extended time. Let us look at some examples here.

I am going to Delhi for 3 weeks.

Classes start from 8 am to 4 pm.

You are not stepping out until you finish your assignment.

Most times during the day, I am reading.

There we are! We have deeply enjoyed an introduction to prepositions and the types of prepositions where we examined prepositions used in time. Follow us in our next lesson where we will examine the remaining types of prepositions like the preposition of place and that used in introducing.

 

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