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Origin of preposition1
usage note for preposition
OTHER WORDS FROM preposition
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prepositionpreposition proposition
Words nearby preposition
Definition for preposition (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for preposition
When I shut off the radio, the last word I hear must be a noun—not a verb, or adjective, or preposition.
Our spelling lesson this week includes a number of these compound verbs formed by the use of the verb and a preposition.Plain English|Marian Wharton
In this case it is the change in preposition only which alters the meaning of the sentence.Montessori Elementary Materials|Maria Montessori
A part of speech that merely combines two words is a preposition—the sun along with the moon shines.The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Do not use a verb, conjunction, preposition, or noun in a double capacity when one of the uses is ungrammatical.The Century Handbook of Writing|Garland Greever
The present participle with the definite article the before it, becomes a noun, and must have the preposition of after it.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures|Samuel Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for preposition
Derived forms of prepositionprepositional, adjectiveprepositionally, adverb
Word Origin for preposition
usage for preposition
Cultural definitions for preposition
A part of speech that indicates the relationship, often spatial, of one word to another. For example, “She paused at the gate”; “This tomato is ripe for picking”; and “They talked the matter over head to head.” Some common prepositions are at, by, for, from, in, into, on, to, and with.