Prepositions

A preposition is a connecting word that shows the relationship between words in a sentence, and elaborates meaning. A prepositional phrase begins with one of the prepositions below. A very common mistake is to match the verb in the sentence to the word at the end of the prepositional phrase, rather than to the subject of the sentence (“A selection of three entrees is available at dinner” is correct; “A selection of three entrees are available at dinner” is incorrect). By learning to recognize a preposition when you see is, you can avoid this grammatical error.

Prepositions:

aboutaboveacross

after

against

along

among

around

at

before

behind

below

beneath

beside

betweenbeyondby

down

during

except

for

from

in

inside

into

like

nearofoff

on

since

through

to

toward

under

until

up

upon

with

within

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