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Prepositions

A preposition is one of the eight parts of speech. Specifically, a preposition is a connector: its function is to connect a noun or pronoun (called the object of the preposition) to another word in a sentence. It also shows how that noun or pronoun (its object) is related to the other word. Consequently, a preposition can never stand alone:

 

Simple prepositions

  • About
  • Above
  • Across
  • After
  • Against
  • Along
  • Among
  • Around
  • As
  • At
  • Before
  • Behind
  • Below
  • Beneath
  • Beside
  • Between
  • Beyond
  • But
  • By
  • Concerning
  • Despite
  • Down
  • During
  • Except
  • For
  • From
  • In
  • Into
  • Like
  • Near
  • Next
  • Of
  • Off
  • On
  • Onto
  • Out
  • Outside
  • Over
  • Past
  • Per
  • Round
  • Since
  • Through
  • Throughout
  • To
  • Toward
  • Under
  • Underneath
  • Unlike
  • Until
  • Under
  • Up
  • Upon
  • With
  • Within
  • Without 
Compound Prepositions
 
  • according to
  • in a manner similar to
  • in the nature of
  • ahead of
  • in accordance with
  • in as much as
  • as far as
  • in addition to
  • instead of
  • as opposed to
  • in back of
  • near to
  • as to
  • in case of
  • next to
  • at that point in time
  • in close proximity with
  • on behalf of
  • at this point in time
  • in excess of
  • on the basis of
  • back from
  • in favour of
  • on top of
  • back to
  • in front of
  • out of
  • because of
  • in lieu of
  • prior to
  • by means of
  • in light of
  • pursuant to
  • by reason of
  • in order to
  • similar to
  • by virtue of
  • in receipt of
  • subsequent to
  • close to
  • in regard to
  • up to
  • contrary to
  • in relation to
  • with a view to
  • due to
  • in routine fashion
  • with reference to
  • during the course of
  • in spite of
  • with regard to
  • for the purposes of
  • in terms of
  • with respect to
  • for the reason that
  • in the event that
  • from the point of
  • view of
  • in the immediate vicinity of
Common Preposition Errors
 
Wrong
  • apologize about
  • bored of
  • capable to
  • concerned to, on
  • in search for
  • independent
  • interested about
  • outlook of life
  • puzzled on
  • similar with
 
Correct
  • apologize for
  • bored with
  • capable of
  • concerned about, over,with
  • in search of
  • independent of
  • interested in, by
  • outlook on life
  • puzzled at, by
  • similar to




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