What are prepositions? Prepositions are words used to help indicate “Places, Movement and Time”. This can be just one word or a combination of several words. Prepositions link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words. There are two important words to learn with prepositions; “Collocations and Arbitrary”. A collocation is two or more words used commonly. There may or may not be a reason for a certain word combination. Arbitrary implies choices. Sometimes there is more than one way to say the same thing! As long as one person understands the other, that is perfect communication. While there are hundreds of prepositions, there is but a handful we study and learn at the early stages.
Ten Most Common Prepositions
For, from, by, into, in, at, on, off, to, with.
My mom is not here. She is headed for the supermarket!
Does your car come from Germany?
His house is located by the park!
Her friend ran very fast into the house!
There are twenty pencils in the container!
They will be working all day at the factory!
How long will you be working on Friday?
Please take your feet off the table!
Later, we are driving to the beach!
He decided to work with his father today!
While the prepositions above represent just a few, they are considered the ten most common. They can be used in many combinations for time, movement and places. Many prepositions are also used with verbs. This creates “Phrasal verbs”. Phrasal verbs must be learned by heart. Remember English has a basic foundation of rules and at the same time, most grammar rules have exceptions.