Prepositions are one of the most interesting and easy to understand topics of the Engish Language. However, at times even advanced users make mistakes with the usage of prepositions. A single preposition can have multiple meanings in your language. For Example, if you try to find the meaning of ‘By’, you will be amazed by the different meanings it can portray. You will find later in the post. I am going to share Top Useful Tips to Learn Prepositions Easily.
Learn Prepositions Easily. Are you excited! Well, you should be as it can really make your language awesome.
Prepositions change the meaning of the sentence.
Question: What is a preposition?
There are two definitions which suit best.
- A preposition is a word which shows the relation of the sentence with a noun or pronoun.
- Some people say it shows the position of a noun or a pronoun in a sentence.
To understand these definitions, you need to have sound knowledge of Nouns, Noun Phrases, and pronouns.
- I am going to school.
- My mother is in Apollo Hospital. in this sentence, the mother is a patient.
- My mother is at Apollo Hospital. In this sentence, the mother is visiting the hospital and she is not a patient.
I’m going to share some more sentences which can make you understand the different meanings prepositions can give to the sentence.
- Anita can meet me at 4 o’clock.
- Sunil can meet me after 4 o’clock.
- Anita can meet me before 4 o’clock.
So, now, you can understand how a preposition can entirely modify the meaning fo the sentence. Therefore, you should not avoid the importance of these little words. They are called Prepositions.
In your native language, you may have one or two prepositions to convey the meaning, however, in the English language, there are multiple prepositions and convey different meanings.
- Sonali got married at noon
- Helena got married in the morning
- Sonali got married on Saturday
- Angelina got married in March
- Sonali got married in 2005
- Katrina got married at Easter
Top Useful Tips to Learn Prepositions Easily
Yes, we have rules to understand the usage of prepositions. However, below mentioned examples are proof that you can not master the prepositions or the English language with the help of rules. You need to learn the language for a continuous period in small amounts.
- What are you dreaming of?
- Why are you depending on him?
- Where do you belong to?
The Best Way to Learn English is like any other language. The way is hearing and mimicking. Listen to the speakers in mobies, news, TV Serials, and keep copying their dialogues again and again.
Every English Learner should do the same.
The best way not to make mistakes with prepositions is to use them in your real-life sentences.
The importance of learning fixed expressions and collocations (words that go together) is necessary and apparent when students want to take proficiency exams, in particular, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
In this example, knowing the related/dependent preposition is the only way to answer the question.
- My aunt is ______from pneumonia
- She was ______on learning to surf
Learning prepositions as part of phrases and fixed expressions will you to improve your proficiency and therefore lead to a better score in your English exams. So, try to notice the usage of Prepositions in the newspaper and withing text in your study books as well.
Let me summarise, that like any other topic of the English language if you are trying to learn Prepositions separately, you may tend to take time and make mistakes. So, I advise you to learn them with phrases and whole sentences.
Learners should not directly try to translate prepositions from their first language, but learn prepositions in conjunction with the surrounding words, forming set expressions.
Now Study All Prepostions with Easy to understand meanings and Examples.
Possible Roles in a Sentence
1 of 5220 (preposition) 2 to 4951 (preposition, adverb) 3 in 2822 (preposition, adverb) 4 for 1752 (preposition, conjunction) 5 on 1087 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 6 with 1062 (preposition) 7 by 706 (preposition, adverb) 8 but 626 (conjunction, preposition, adverb) 9 at 624 (preposition) 10 from 622 (preposition) 11 about 451 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 12 like 324 (preposition, verb, conjunction) 13 into 301 (preposition) 14 up 296 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 15 out 294 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 16 through 235 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 17 over 170 (preposition, adjective, noun) 18 before 141 (preposition, adverb, conjunction) 19 between 137 (preposition, adverb) 20 after 110 (preposition, adjective, adverb) 21 since 107 (preposition, adverb, conjunction) 22 during 103 (preposition) 23 around 101 (adverb, preposition) 24 down 94 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 25 without 89 (preposition, adverb, conjunction) 26 off 74 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 27 under 70 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 28 including 58 (preposition) 29 until 54 (preposition) 30 against 46 (preposition) 31 within 46 (preposition, adverb) 32 along 45 (preposition, adverb) 33 above 40 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 34 following 39 (preposition, noun, adjective) 35 among 37 (preposition) 36 across 36 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 37 throughout 27 (preposition) 38 behind 22 (preposition, adverb, adjective) 39 beyond 20 (preposition, noun) 40 despite 17 (preposition) 41 towards 16 (preposition) 42 upon 15 (preposition) 43 plus 14 (preposition, adjective, noun) 44 near 13 (adverb, preposition, adjective) 45 except 6 (preposition, conjunction, idiom) 46 concerning 3 (preposition)
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Some more definitions of Preposition:
- Prepositions are the words that show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and some other word or element in the rest of the sentence.