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I gave the medal to the best runner.

Prepositions

Let's explore prepositions in this KS2 English quiz! Prepositions are special words that link other words together. They're super important because they help words make sense. Prepositions come before nouns (or pronouns) to show how they relate to other words. In the sentence 'I gave the medal to the best runner', 'to' is the preposition explaining the link between 'the runner' and 'the medal'. Prepositions also talk about time (like 'after' and 'before') and place (like 'behind' and 'below').

These little words might be sneaky, but they do a big job in making sentences work. Test your preposition skills with this cool quiz!

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1.
Find the preposition in the following sentence.
Mrs. Jones poured hot coffee into her mug.
poured
into
her
mug
'Into her mug' describes where the coffee is being poured.
2.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
In the last minute of the match, he kicked the ball between the posts.
In, of, between
last, of, ball
minute, between, posts
kicked, the, the
'In the last minute' describes the time; 'of the match' explains the relationship between 'minute' and 'match'; 'between the posts' describes a location.
3.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
On Mondays, I usually go to the library.
On, usually
On, to
I, go
to, library
'On Mondays' describes a time; 'to the library' describes a place.
4.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
After calm reflection, I made a promise to myself not to lose my temper again.
After, not
After, to
made, lose
lose, temper
'After calm reflection' describes a time; 'to myself' describes the relationship between 'a promise' and 'myself'.
5.
Find the preposition in the following sentence.
The sun shone brightly on the mountaintop.
sun
shone
brightly
on
'On the mountaintop' describes where the sun was shining.
6.
Find the preposition in the following sentence.
The kitten, who had been hiding under the duvet, pounced suddenly.
had
been
under
suddenly
'Under the duvet' describes the kitten's location.
7.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
The man was standing near the edge of the stage.
man, standing
near, edge
near, of
edge, stage
'Near the edge' describes the man's location; 'of the stage' explains the relationship between 'stage' and 'edge'.
8.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
The train went through the tunnel and then over the bridge.
The, tunnel
through, then
through, over
then, over
'Through the tunnel' and 'over the bridge' both describe location.
9.
Find the prepositions in the following sentence.
At midnight, the bell in the ancient tower began to toll.
At, in
bell, in
the, tower
tower, to
'At midnight' describes a time; 'in the ancient tower' describes a place; 'to toll' is a verb, however, so 'to' is not a preposition in this case.
10.
Find the preposition in the following sentence.
She found the rusty old key beneath a flowerpot.
found
rusty
beneath
flowerpot
'Beneath a flowerpot' describes the key's location.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What is a preposition?

Author:  Sheri Smith

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