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What is a Preposition? Grammar Review.

A preposition is one of “The Eight Parts” of the English language. A preposition helps describe place, movement and time. Three of the most common prepositions are “In, On, and At.” “In” is often used with limits. “On” is often used when two things touch.

“At” is often used with places or locations. Prepositions are used for phrases and time expressions. Slang, informal and idioms contain prepositions too.

Here are Some Examples.

Prepositions are in bold type. What is a Preposition? Grammar Review.

Are you at home now?

Yes, I am in the kitchen.

Was it hot on the subway today?

Yes, I couldn’t wait to get off!

Are you riding in the taxi today?

Yes, I am getting a taxi at the airport!

Isn’t it beautiful outside?

Yes, it’s nice at the park too!

Where will you stay while in London?

At my friends home.

Is she traveling to the sea?

No, she is staying in the mountains.

Here is the vocabulary bank definitions.

Preposition: Words to help describe place, movement, time.

Phrase: Two or more words used commonly.

Slang: Informal spoken English.

Idiom: A group of words with one definition.

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Preposition Everyday Dialog.

A preposition helps describe
place, movement and time.
Three of the most common prepositions
are “in, on and at”.
And those three prepositions
are called place prepositions
or prepositions of place.
“In” is often used with limits.
So, think about it!
I’m going to give you some more
examples here in a minute.
But, think about it “in”.
If you think about the
preposition “in” with limits,
it’s an easy way to remember
how to use that preposition.
Right now we are in the room. Right?
We’re inside the room
because we have limits.
We are in our city
in San Francisco.
If we are in San Francisco,
it’s because we have
city limits. Right? So.
“In” is often used with
things and limits.
“On” is often used when
two things touch. Right?
So. My hands are on each other.
My hand is on my shoulder.
Something like that.
My hand is on the desk. Right?
So. When two things touch.
My cup is on the desk.
I’m standing on the floor.
My wife is standing on the floor
looking at me right now.
So. “On” is a place preposition
and one easy way to remember that
is when two things simply touch.
“At” is also again a place
preposition.
We often use it for locations.
So. Where are we right now?
Well, we are at work.
We are at the studio.
We are at school, at home.
Something like that. So.
We often use that with locations.
Prepositions are used for phrases
and time expressions, too.
I have a couple of
these to show you here.
Slang, informal and idioms contain
prepositions too.
Here are a few examples
with prepositions.
Are you at home now?
“At” is your preposition.
Yes, I am in the kitchen.
I’m in the kitchen.
In the bedroom.
In the living room.
In the bathroom.
In the garage.
You see how each of those “in”
have a limit of some kind.
At home, at work, at the park.
Something like that.
Hey, was it hot on of the subway today?
Yes, I couldn’t wait to get off.
“Off” is a preposition.
And let’s see, “on” is a
preposition as well.
Are you riding in the taxi today?
You see, we’re in the taxi.
We have limits, Right? So. Yeah.
I’m in the taxi right now.
I’m going to the airport.
Or in this example.
Yes! I’m getting a taxi
at the airport.
So, I’m getting in the taxi
to go home to meet
my beautiful wife.
Here are more examples
with prepositions.
Can you find them?
Well, isn’t it beautiful outside?
“Outside” the preposition.
Yes! It’s nice at the park too.
At is a preposition, again.
“At” is used for places.
A location at the park.
At the zoo.
At work, at home,
at school. You see? Where.
Where will you stay in London?
In London.
Well, we know that London’s
a big place but, it has limits.
It has city limits. So.
Where will you stay while
in the city? In London?
Well, I’m going to stay
at my friend’s home.
You see at! At home, at work.
at my friend’s home.
Is she traveling to the sea?
We’re talking about Sally.
Maybe, something like that.
Is she traveling to.
To is your preposition.
No she’s staying
in the mountains.
Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
Why do we say “in the mountains?”
Do we have a limit
in the mountains? Maybe.
But more importantly is
“in the mountains” is
more of a collocation.
Very often, we don’t have a
real definition of why we
use a certain collocation.
Why do we say
“in the morning”?
Well. I say in the morning
maybe because everybody
else says that.
But, if you think about
“in the mountains”?
Are you in a valley
or on top of the mountain?
You see? So.
In this context, we’re staying
“in the mountains”
Why do we say that?
Well, because everybody says that.
Here are a few word definitions.
Do you know these words?
A “preposition”
Words to help describe
place, movement and time.
“Phrase”
“Two or more words commonly
used in the English language.
“Slang”
Hey? What is slang?
Well, slang is informal
spoken English.
No rules by the way.
“Idiom”
A group of words with
One definition.