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English prepositions


English prepositions

Generally speaking one can devide prepositions into three categories:

The following table includes the third category of prepositions.

prepositions

Other Prepositions

Preposition Explanation Example

from

  • used to show the origin of something or someone
  • used to show the material of which something is made
  • used to show a change in the state of someone or something
  • "Where are you from?" "I'm from Italy."
  • The desk is made from pine.
  • Things went from bad to worse.

of

  • used to show possession, belonging or origin
  • used after words or phrases expressing amount, number or particular unit
  • a friend of mine
  • a kilo of apples

by

  • used to show the person or thing that does something:
  • I'm reading some short stories (written) by Chekhov.

on

  • used for showing some methods of travelling
  • entering a public transport vehicle
  • It'd be quicker to get there on foot / on horse
  • get on the train

in

  • entering a car  / Taxi
  • She got in the car and drove fast.

off

  • leaving a public transport vehicle
  • She got off the bus

out of

  • leaving a car  / Taxi
  • She got out of the train

by

  • used to show measurements or amounts
  • travelling (other than walking or horseriding)
  • Their wages were increased by 12%.
  • She went by car, by bus, by train

at

  • age
  • In theory, women can still have children at the age of 50.

about

  • on the subject of; connected with
  • What's that book about?

Exercise on prepositions.

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