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Prepositions
Mrs. Jones poured hot coffee into her mug. The preposition is the word 'into'.

Prepositions

Prepositions are linking words. Prepositions are very important words - they link words together in a way that makes sense. Prepositions come before a noun (or pronoun) to explain its relationship to other words in the sentence. In the sentence, 'I gave the medal to the best runner', the preposition 'to' explains the relationship between 'the runner' and 'the medal'. Prepositions often describe time (i.e. 'after' and 'before') and place (i.e. 'behind' and 'below').

Try this quiz on prepositions to check your understanding.

Find the prepositions in the following sentences.
  1. She found the rusty old key beneath a flowerpot.
  2. The sun shone brightly on the mountaintop.
  3. The kitten, who had been hiding under the duvet, pounced suddenly.
  4. Mrs. Jones poured hot coffee into her mug.
  5. The man was standing near the edge of the stage.
  6. On Mondays, I usually go to the library.
  7. At midnight, the bell in the ancient tower began to toll.
  8. After calm reflection, I made a promise to myself not to lose my temper again.
  9. The train went through the tunnel and then over the bridge.
  10. In the last minute of the match, he kicked the ball between the posts.

Author: Sheri Smith

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