- prepositional phrase,
- prepositional verb,
Origin of preposition1
verb (used with object)
Origin of preposition2
Examples 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
Word Origin for preposition
late 14c., from Latin praepositionem (nominative praepositio) "a putting before, a prefixing," noun of action from past participle stem of praeponere "put before," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ponere "put, set, place" (see position (n.)). In grammatical use, a loan-translation of Greek prothesis, literally "a setting before."
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.