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Information about Prepositions

Published on December 15, 2008

Author: reyesk



Slide 1: ESL @ MiraCosta College Kristi Reyes Prepositions What do prepositions do? : What do prepositions do? Tell Location: under, above, on, behind Tell Direction: to, toward, around Introduce a Time: in, on, at Tell Purpose: for, about, with Almost always followed by a noun or a pronoun: This present is for you. The book is about George Washington. Their house is around the corner. Some common prepositions: : Some common prepositions: About, above, across (from), against, along, among, around, at Behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by Down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into Near, of, off, on, onto, outside, over, past Through, to, toward, under, up, with, without In, On, At … Three Little Words…Three Big Headaches : In, On, At … Three Little Words…Three Big Headaches In, on, at + location In (inside) On (on the surface, touching) At (physically present, but not necessarily inside) What is correct? In, on, or at? : What is correct? In, on, or at? ________ room 104 ________ the first floor ________ MiraCosta College ________ Mission Avenue ________ 1831 Mission Avenue ________ Oceanside ________ California ________ the United States ________ North America ________ planet Earth ________ the world ________ work ________ church ________ school ________ home General rules for In, On, At + location : General rules for In, On, At + location In + A room A city A state A country A continent On + Floor Street At + Buildings Events Address Familiar places (home, school, work) In, On, At + Time What is correct? In, on, or at? : In, On, At + Time What is correct? In, on, or at? __________ 6 p.m __________ Friday __________ January __________ Friday, Jan. 13 __________ the morning __________ night __________ the evening __________ midnight __________ noon __________ 2006 __________ a few minutes __________ two days __________ the 21st Century __________ the summer __________ the weekend General rules for In, On, At + location : General rules for In, On, At + location In + length of time Month Year Season Century On + a more specific time At + most specific point in time Clock time Day Date Tricky ones…What is the correct preposition? : Tricky ones…What is the correct preposition? I had a funny dream (with, about) you last night. The book was written (for, by) a famous author. I like to talk (in, on) the phone. I am (in bed, on the bed). He is mad (at, about) his girlfriend. She is (in, at) the hopital. I am (in, at) school. Please throw that book (at, to) me. A word about phrasal verbs : A word about phrasal verbs A phrasal verb is a verb + a preposition Many are idiomatic expressions Some examples: I put on my shoes. = They put off studying. = We put up with her annoying behavior. = She took off early. = He got stood up by his blind date. = ** See the instructor if you would like a list of common phrasal verbs. Need more practice? : Need more practice? Quiz for Practicing Prepositions More about In, On, AT Practice In, On, At for different situations In, On, At + Locations See also Blackboard, Course Documents, Parts of Speech, Prepositions

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