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Prepositions 2 - Pick the Prepositions
A plane in the clouds - but which preposition would you use to describe the event?

Prepositions 2 - Pick the Prepositions

Consider these words: AFTER, ACROSS, BEHIND, TO, THROUGH, UP, AROUND, UNDERNEATH, OPPOSITE and AGAINST. Do you know what kind of words these are? From your study of the previous quiz you might have guessed that they are prepositions.

Prepositions are an important part of speech and though they are very few in number (when compared to nouns, verbs and adjectives) they are made use of repeatedly in sentences. Their role is to describe a relationship between a noun or a pronoun and another word in a sentence.

While communicating we may talk about a place, or about time or about direction. In the previous quiz we understood how to make use of prepositions to relate to place and time. In this quiz we study the prepositions used to talk about direction.

Consider the following sentences:

“Go OUT of the building and turn right."

“Go ACROSS the bridge to cross the river.”

“You will see the supermarket IN front of you.”

These sentences contain prepositions depicted in capital letters. You notice the words in capitals are related to a noun or a pronoun. You will also notice that they give you a sense of direction. The words listed at the beginning of this introduction are all prepositions that are commonly used to denote direction.

Depending on the sentence and what we want to communicate we have to use specific prepositions. For instance, in the supermarket example it is not appropriate to say ‘You will see the supermarket ACROSS front of you.’ Using the right prepositions to show direction is vital to good communication and the quiz that follows sets you on the way to learning to use them properly.

1.
"The plane went ---- the clouds." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
At
On
Through
With
'Through' is the correct answer as a plane encounters a cloud and it has to go through it to continue flying. The other options do not link a plane to a cloud
2.
"My sister walked --- the stairs." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
Up
At
On
Through
'Up' is the correct answer as stairs are used either to go up or down. Stairs are solid and one cannot go 'Through' them. While you can stand 'On' the stairs you cannot walk on them, nor can you walk 'At' them
3.
"She cleaned the dust --- the carpet." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
At
Inside
Towards
Underneath
Dust is found below the carpet and hence you clean 'Underneath' and it is the correct answer. The other options do not link the dust with the carpet
4.
"The lion ran --- the deer." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
After
In
Far
Between
The lion wants to catch the deer and so it goes "After" it. This indicates direction and hence 'After' is the correct answer. 'Between' needs a third object to be used besides the lion and the deer. 'In' and 'Far' do not link the deer to the lion
5.
"The tourist group walked --- the plaza." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
With
Underneath
Around
After
A plaza is a place where people walk around and 'Around' is the correct answer. A plaza is something you don't walk 'Underneath'. A plaza is not a person that you can go 'After' or go 'With'
6.
"I sat --- to my friend at the table." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
Against
Opposite
From
Through
Since you are sitting with your friend, you would want to sit face to face with her and hence 'Opposite' is the correct answer. 'Against', 'Through' and 'From' would need to be qualified further in order to make sense in the sentence
7.
"The desk was --- the wall." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
From
Through
Against
Up
'Against' is the correct word as in the context of the sentence the desk is in contact with the wall. 'Up' does not link desk and wall. The desk and wall are solid things and don't go through one another. 'From' requires further qualification for the sentence to make sense
8.
"My mother is going --- the supermarket." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
After
To
With
Out
'To' is the correct answer. 'After' is not the option as a person does not go after a place. 'With' is used to relate to a person and supermarket is not a person. 'Out' could be used if the words 'Out of' had been an option
9.
"The bridge ---- the river has collapsed." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
Behind
Across
Among
Below
'Across' is the correct answer. You cannot build a bridge 'Below' or 'Among' the river and a river has no 'Behind'!
10.
"The school is --- the police station." - Pick the preposition that will fill up the blank.
On
In
Between
Behind
'Behind' is the correct answer. It is unthinkable that a school can be built 'In' a police station. The police station is a unique place and nothing else can be built 'On' it. To use 'Between', a third place is needed other than the school and the police station
Author:  V T Narendra

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