Prepositions

How can we use these little words correctly?

Prepositions are used in many different ways in English - perhaps that's why a lot of people have problems with them.

First, they are used with time words:

  • on Monday
  • in the 20th century
  • at night
Click here to find out more about prepositions of time

Second, they are used to show where something or someone is:

  • The plate is on the table.
  • Julie is in the garden.
  • The picture is on the wall.
Click here to learn more about these little words with places

Third, they are used after some adjectives:

  • She is good at tennis.
  • Scotland is famous for whisky
  • I'm worried about my new job.
Click here to learn more about adjective + prep.

Fourth, they are used after some verbs:

  • I'm listening to music.
  • She is waiting for her friend.
  • He borrows money from his sister.
Click here to learn more about verb + prep.

Fifth, they are used after some nouns:

  • She has trouble with remembering new vocabulary.

Finally, they are used in certain phrases:

  • The bus arrived in the end.
  • She arrived just in time for the film.
Click here to see my first 15 prepositional collocations

Click here for all the preposition exercises