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Prepositions 3 - Find the Prepositions
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Prepositions 3 - Find the Prepositions

Have a look at these sentences:

“The plane flew OVER Mount Everest.”

"They stood BEHIND him.”

“I stood BELOW the bridge.”

In these sentences you will notice the words in capitals are related to a noun or a pronoun. From your study of the previous two quizzes you would have surmised that these words are prepositions. The pronoun or noun that follows the preposition is the object of the preposition.

In the previous two quizzes we understood how prepositions were used to give a sense of the place, time or direction in a sentence. We also learnt that certain specific prepositions are used to convey certain specific meaning in relation to place, time or direction. Apart from conveying meaning in relation to place, time and direction a preposition is used in relation to the object of the preposition.

Have another look at the three sentences at the beginning of this introduction. You can see in the first example there are two nouns – 'plane' and 'Mount Everest'. Here, the preposition OVER is used in relation to Mount Everest, the object of the preposition. Similarly in the second sentence BEHIND is the preposition and the object of the preposition is 'him', a pronoun. In the third sentence BELOW is the preposition and the object of the preposition is 'bridge', a noun.

You can see that prepositions play an important role in allowing precise and pertinent information to be communicated to the reader. Even though the number of prepositions is very few (compared to adjectives, nouns or verbs) they are used quite regularly and hence assume importance. The common prepositions used along with objects are DOWN, BELOW, UNDER, AFTER, ON, IN, BESIDE and ABOVE. Remember that it is possible to use the same preposition in relation to different contexts such as direction, place, time or object. The quiz that follows gives you examples of how to identify objects of prepositions.

1.
"The dog ran after the milkman." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
The
Ran
After
Dog
All the options except 'After' are not prepositions. 'After' is the correct answer
2.
"The water below the bridge was swirling." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
Water
Bridge
Swirling
Below
'Below' is the preposition and the correct answer as the other options are either nouns or a verb
3.
"Who put the money in her purse?" - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
Who
In
Put
Money
The correct answer is 'In' and it is the preposition we are looking for. The other options are not prepositions
4.
"The barge sailed down the river." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
The
Barge
Down
Sailed
The correct answer is 'Down'. The other options are not prepositions
5.
"You will find my slippers under the sofa." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
You
Find
Under
Slippers
The correct answer is 'Under' as the other options are not prepositions
6.
"He lives on the floor above ours." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
He
Lives
Above
Floor
The correct answer is 'Above' and it is the preposition we are looking for. The other options are not prepositions
7.
"The soldiers ran around the field to warm up." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
Up
Around
Soldiers
Ran
The correct answer is 'Around' as the object of the preposition is 'field'. 'Up' relates to 'soldiers', which in this question is not the object underlined. The other two options are not prepositions
8.
"Did you sprinkle pepper on the salad?" - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
You
Did
Pepper
On
'On' is the preposition we are looking for and it is the correct answer. The other options are not prepositions
9.
"The table collapsed under the weight of the books." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
The
Under
Collapsed
Weight
'Under' is the preposition and the correct answer as the other options are not prepositions
10.
"She stood beside her mother in the line." - Find the preposition which the underlined word is the object of.
Beside
In
Line
Stood
The correct answer is 'Beside' and it is the preposition related to 'mother'. 'In' is also a preposition but related to 'line', the non-underlined object. The other two options are not prepositions
Author:  V T Narendra

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