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Origin of preposition1
grammar notes 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)
What is a preposition?
Prepositions are a category of words that are placed before nouns and pronouns to create phrases that modify nouns, verbs, or adjectives.
Prepositional phrases indicate a relationship between words in a sentence. For example, in I exercised after dinner, after is the preposition in the prepositional phrase after dinner. Together, after and dinner tell you more about (modify) the verb exercised. They tell you when I exercised.
Prepositions and prepositional phrases are used to begin phrases that modify nouns, verbs, and adjectives. While they often follow the words they modify, but they have to, Before supper, I washed my hands. Before is modifying washed, describing when I washed my hands.
Why are prepositions important?
The first records of the word preposition come from around 1350. Preposition combines the prefix pre-, meaning “before,” and the word position, meaning “relative location.” A preposition usually (but not always) comes before a noun or pronoun.
Prepositions are often used for describing relationships of space (on, around, below) or time (before, after). They also describe other relationships, such as purpose (the pencil used for drawing; the pencil I draw with) or connection (Paul traveled with Jane; the person Paul traveled with).
Did you know ... ?
Prepositions are among the most commonly used words in English. In fact, 10 of the 100 most common English words are prepositions: of, in, to, for, with, on, by, out, into, and about.
What are real-life examples of prepositions?
The following table gives some examples of the many words and phrases that are used as prepositions.
Prepositions are central to grammar and English, if we don’t always enjoy learning about them.
Tripping over prepositions this morning. #amwriting
— David Scriver (@ScriverWrites) August 26, 2020
I can credit a lot of my success in using proper grammar to understanding prepositions.
— abbie (@AbbieAwsm) August 9, 2012
What other words are related to preposition?
Which of the following words is a preposition?
Example sentences from the Web for preposition
Once the FDA authorizes a vaccine, the government plans to “preposition” doses to sites that states have already designated as the places where shots will be given first.Health officials make their final pleas for holiday caution as coronavirus cases spike|Paulina Firozi, Lena H. Sun, Hannah Knowles|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Despite the uncertainties over timing of vaccine approval and number of initial doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking states to be prepared to “preposition” doses in key locations throughout the country.
AnswerThePublic actively listens to Google’s suggestions API data and offers you prepositions and questions that often appear in conjunction with your keywords.Proactively building negative keyword lists in Google Ads is now more important than ever|Eliot Shiner|October 21, 2020|Search Engine Land
It is rare that a preposition is the most loaded and meaningful word in a book’s title.The Human Error Darwin Inspired - Issue 90: Something Green|Aaron Hirsh|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
Thirteen years ago, Google topped Fortune’s annual preposition-ending “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.The complaints of the entitled workers of Silicon Valley|Adam Lashinsky|September 8, 2020|Fortune
When I shut off the radio, the last word I hear must be a noun—not a verb, or adjective, or preposition.
In this text that would require heardes without the preposition: comp.
And there never warn't any preposition, or, ruther, there was so many we couldn't begin to manage 'em!East Angels|Constance Fenimore Woolson
My positive is a preposition, and my comparative is to esteem.
At this conscienceless split to the infinitive and misplacing of the preposition, Miss Carew arose trembling perceptibly.The Shape of Fear|Elia W. Peattie
In the progress of language, these words would be contracted into on, which we denominate a preposition.Dissertation on the English Language|Noah Webster, Jr.
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.