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Prepositions 01
The preposition 'in' is used in the following sentence: 'Playful dolphins splashed about in the sea'.

Prepositions 01

Prepositions are linking words that are put before nouns and pronouns, and describe something's location or other information. In the sentence "The cat sits on the sofa", the word "on" is the preposition.

The entire purpose of language is to communicate. Prepositions make our communications much more precise. So if your teacher wanted you to bring him a piece of paper from his desk, he might describe it thus: "handwritten", "unlined green paper", "crumpled". He might also describe its position: "in the middle of the desk, near the lamp, on my copy of Macbeth, possible under my lunch." Here the words "in", "near", "on" and "under" are the prepositions telling you exactly where to find the paper.

A preposition must be attached in some way to a noun: "in the middle of the desk, near the lamp, on my copy of Macbeth, possible under my lunch." Now you can see how each of the prepositions is followed by a noun (or noun phrase) in bold. Use prepositions to make your writing more precise.

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1.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
The book written ....... J Smith ....... the library is ....... you to read.
by, from, for
for, from, by
from, by, for
to, from, for
You could also use the word "in": "in the library"
2.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
I gave a present ....... my friend.
by
for
from
to
The preposition "to" comes before the pronoun "my"
3.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
The flowers will be a surprise ....... my mother.
by
for
from
to
Here the preposition "for" clarifies not that the flowers are "for" the mother, but that she will be the person to be surprised (it will be a surprise "for" her)
4.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
I bought a present ....... my mother.
by
for
from
to
A common error here is the use of "to"
5.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
Entries ....... the competition must be received ....... us ....... Friday.
for, by, by
for, for, by
from, by, by
to, to, by
"Entries to the competition" would also be correct. "On" or "before" Friday would also work
6.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
The journey ....... home ....... school ....... train takes one hour.
from, by, to
from, for, by
from, to, by
from, to, for
There are many prepositions in this sentence!
7.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
You need to choose a book ....... the library.
by
for
from
to
The preposition "from" comes before the noun ("library")
8.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
They gave the homework books ....... their friends.
by
for
from
to
"Friends" is an indirect object here, which the use of the preposition "to" demonstrates
9.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
I am buying flowers ....... her birthday.
by
for
from
to
You can buy presents "for" a person, or "for" a special occasion
10.
Find the preposition(s) in the following sentence.
The book ....... the library is ....... your homework.
by, from
from, for
from, to
to, from
"From the library", "for your homework"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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