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Prepositions 1 - Select the Prepositions
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Prepositions 1 - Select the Prepositions

English, as we know, comprises eight parts of speech and each part has a definite role to play. These parts consist of words which are particular to that category, though some words can be found in more than one category. Some of the words that fall in one part can be used to form words in other parts by suitable modification by adding a suffix or a prefix. Words are used to form sentences which are the basic units of communication. Grammar is the rule book that guides all of us to use the words in a particular way so that all of us can understand what is being communicated. One of the important parts of speech is the preposition.

The preposition is used to relate the noun to other words in a sentence. By definition a preposition is a word that is positioned before a noun and, although it is true most of the time, there are occasions where the word may come after a noun. Look at the following three sentences:

‘I went to the market IN a car.’

‘I placed the coffee mug ON the table.’

‘The cover drive was played BETWEEN two fielders.’

‘Meet me AT noon today.’

In the sentences the words IN, ON, BETWEEN and AT are all prepositions. We notice that these words relate to the nouns 'car', 'table', 'fielders' and 'noon'. Prepositions can be used in relation to identifying a place or referring to time and depending on the sentence we have to use specific prepositions. For instance, in the car example it is not appropriate to say ‘I went to the market BETWEEN a car.’

Compared to verbs and nouns prepositions are very few in number but their usage is very high. Some of the prepositions that are used in relation to place and time are IN, AT, AROUND, BEHIND, INTO, ON and IN. Learn to use correct prepositions in a sentence and avoid using the wrong one! Take the quiz that follows and learn more about using the correct prepositions in a sentence.

1.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "He invited me to a party --- the office."
After
Below
Among
At
Office is a location where the party is to be held and so 'At' is the correct answer. Although the other options could be used in other contexts, in this particular context, they are not appropriate
2.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "Lots of people gathered --- him."
At
In
Around
Over
'Around' is the correct preposition as people can gather around a person. The other options cannot explain the action of surrounding
3.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "I brought the puppy --- a basket."
In
After
On
At
You bring something 'In' a basket. In this sentence the other options do not fit in with the fact that the basket was used to bring the puppy
4.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "The school is closed --- Sundays."
Below
On
In
At
The sentence seeks a preposition in relation to time and hence 'On' is the correct answer. 'In' and 'At' could also be used to relate time but not in this sentence. The option 'Below' is used to link place
5.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "I have to meet the Principal --- 10 AM tomorrow."
At
On
Behind
In
'At' is used as the person is to meet someone at an exact time. 'In' is associated with different parts of the day and 'On' is associated with different days of the week. 'Behind' is not used in reference to time
6.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "Why are you standing --- me?"
At
Behind
Ahead
In
'Behind' is the correct answer. No one can stand 'In' or 'At' you. 'Ahead' could be used but with 'of' would have to follow the word
7.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "He was born --- 15th of March 1999."
On
At
In
Above
'On' is associated with different days of the week or to specify the exact date. 'In' is associated normally with years or with different parts of the day. 'At' is used for exact time and 'Above' is linked to place
8.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "Prime Minister Gandhi was assassinated --- the year 1991."
At
On
Below
In
'In' is associated normally with years or with different parts of the day and so is the correct answer. 'At' is used for exact time. 'On' is associated with different days of the week. 'Below' is linked to place rather than time
9.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "Students fell silent as the teacher came --- the classroom."
Over
Above
After
Into
The options 'Over', 'Above' and 'After' do not fit the action of the teacher. Since the teacher came 'Into' the classroom, rather than 'Over', 'Above' or 'After' it, the students fell silent and 'Into' is the correct answer
10.
Choose the preposition that will fill up the blank in the sentence - "He was to meet me at 3 PM --- the afternoon."
At
On
In
Behind
'In' is normally used for different parts of the day and is the correct answer. 'At' is used for exact time, say 'at 4 PM'. 'On' is normally associated with days of the week and 'Behind' is associated with spatial position
Author:  V T Narendra

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