Investigate Prepositions 2
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Prepositions are words or phrases that give information about where, when or how something takes place. They can be split into different groups.

 

1) Prepositions of time, such as at, during, before, after.

I washed my hands before lunch.

He went to sleep during the film.

 

2) Prepositions of position, such as on, by, in front of, behind, next to.

The cat sat underneath the table.

The picture hung on the wall.

 

3) Preposition of direction, such as towards, away from, over, under, around.

The bird flew over the rooftops.

The car accelerated towards the onlookers.

 

There are other types as well, giving information about how something is done, or who it is done with.

We went by car.

I went with my brother.

 

Some words can act as more than one type of preposition.

Jamie lives in London. (position)

My birthday is in May. (time)

 

The book is on the table. (position)

My party is on Wednesday. (time)

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We are moving house after Christmas.

time

position

direction

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The train hooted as it raced through the tunnel.

time

position

direction

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

They had their picnic beside the lake.

time

position

direction

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The presents were piled up under the tree.

time

position

direction

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The ball flew towards the goal.

time

position

direction

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Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We have had our puppy since November.

time

position

direction

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Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

English is spoken ________ the UK.

Kim doesn't like the dark so she keeps a light on ________ the night.

within

throughout

during

over

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Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

We should manage the journey ________ three hours.

Medieval castles were usually built ________ a moat.

on

across

by

within

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Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?


I expect that the play will finish ________ half past nine and ten o'clock.

They pitched their tent ________ two trees.

by

between

among

under

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Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

My parcel took ________ a week to arrive although I sent it first class.

Joe's painting looks lovely hanging ________ the fireplace.

towards

between

past

over

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