English Preposition, Definition, Uses & Examples

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Prepositions are word used with a noun or pronoun to show how the person or thing denoted by the noun pronoun stands in relation to something else. (Examples : in, beside, from, to, etc.)

They are words which typically go before noun phrases or pronouns.

Examples :
  • He walks beside me.
  • There are some foods in the fridge.
  • The bank is next to supermarket.

If a verb comes after a preposition (in, at, with, about, etc.), the verb ends in -ing.

Here are another example of sentences using prepositions :

  • Are you interested in working for us.
  • I'm not very good at learning languages.
  • I'm fed up with studying.
  • The children are excited about going on holiday.
  • What are the advantages of having a car?
  • This knife is only for cutting bread.
  • John went to work in spite of feeling ill.
  • I bought a new bicycle instead of going away on holiday.