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A preposition is a word that suggests how one part of a clause relates to another part of a clause.

Remember, a clause is a group of words that contains a verb.

Prepositions are words like 'above', 'below', 'across', 'upon', 'beneath', 'of', 'against', 'into', 'within', 'on', 'like', and 'around'.


Prepositions normally precede nouns.

For example,

Under the bridge, the man waited for the goats.

The preposition sounds like it has been positioned before (pre positioned).

Remember, prepositions can also be more than one word (prepositional phrases).


Your Turn…

1. What is a preposition?
A word that suggests how one part of a clause relates to another part
A word that joins two clauses
A word that describes how an action is performed

2. Whereabouts might we normally expect to find a preposition?
In Paris
Before the noun or pronoun
After the verb

3. What do we call a preposition that contains more than one word?
A noun phrase
A prepositional phrase
A fronted adverbial

4. Which sentence contains a preposition?
Under the bridge, we found the treasure.
If we go to the cinema, I want pick n’ mix!
I don’t like big dogs.

5. Which sentence contains a preposition?
On Saturday, we’re going to lunch.
How do I do this?
We’re not leaving.

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