These series of worksheets will help students become more confident when using and placing prepositions in their writing. Activities include identifying the prepositions within given sentences, replacing incorrect words, choosing the correct preposition from a word bank in order to complete a given sentence, identification based on picture and word clues, and more. We work through a wide variety of skills here and provide answer keys for everything. The selection of practice sheets available on this page will help you learn how to use these word forms effectively in your own writing. Being able to master their use will greatly bolster the impact of your language. Fun Fact: The rule against ending a sentence with a preposition came from an attempt to make English more like Latin. Writing guides allow it in most circumstances.
In the following sentences, underline the prepositions. This is a straight forward identification activity to activate this frame of thinking.
Locate all the specific in the sentences. Make a mental note of their location and placement.
The prepositions in the sentences below are wrong. Rewrite the sentences, using a word which makes sense.
Swipe those prepositions from the sentences and put in the right kind. This is a good grammar activity for you to work with.
There is poor everything here. Enrich those sentences right away! You will rewrite these sentences and use proper grammar.
Try to set these sentences apart from you and where they are now. You will, in some cases, need to write it from scratch. The focus is on good communication.
Fill in the blank with a word from this list that matches the picture. You can add extra credit and let them name their own in addition to it.
You will complete a sentence by using the terms that are available to you. Note that you can only use each one once, so make sure to solve the puzzle first.
You will complete a series of statements that include a visual aid. Here are some more examples for you: The kangaroo is laying __________ to rest. The mountain peaks are __________ the clouds. Beams of light are coming _______ the lighthouse. The bridge is __________ the water.
How to Use Prepositions Correctly in a Sentence?
Prepositions are words that express a spatial, temporal, or other relationship between two parts of a sentence. They are used to connect people, people, and locations in sentences. They can also be used to connect time periods. You will find this used often in literature. These words are normally followed by an object which can often is a noun or pronoun. Prepositional phrases often serve the purpose of acting as an adjective or adverb. When used as an adjective they will serve as an answer to a question.
An integral part of English grammar is the use of prepositions. Thanks to them, we can make sense of the words in a sentence. These words are used to indicate the relationship of the phrase or noun with one another.
The common prepositions we use in daily life are pretty limited such as: of, to, in, before, after, with, at, from, by, etc.
The prepositions above are a few of the many prepositions found in the English language. These may describe the sentence's direction, spatial arrangement, location, and time. Not only these, they sometimes even describe an abstract concept. The question arises of figuring out the preposition placement in a sentence. Read on to understand the rules for using prepositions.
The Golden Rules Of Preposition with Examples
To learn any new language or even a trade, one must learn and practice some rules to become proficient. Here are the golden rules of prepositions in the English language and examples that portray their use which you need to familiarize yourself with to become an expert:
1. Prepositions and Verbs
The first rule which is never to be forgotten is that a verb never follows a preposition. Only a noun follows a preposition.
Example: Lilly is not coming with us.
Example: Mark walked towards the school.
In the above examples, us is a pronoun, and school is a noun, which follows the preposition with and towards.
2. Preposition and Pronouns
If a pronoun follows a preposition, it must be in object form, i.e., it must act as an object in the sentence.
Example: Robert can't live without you.
Example: Anthony stood right by her.
Here the pronoun you and her act as objects in the above sentences.
3. The Different Forms
There are five forms of prepositions:
Simple: The teacher is in the classroom.
Compound: Bella is sitting across the road.
Double: Mike came out of nowhere.
Phrasal: Petunia received the award on behalf of her friend.
Participle: During the class, the teacher was busy on the phone.
4. Which "to" exactly?
To is an infinitive particle and a preposition, so it must not be confused.
Give this book to the principal.
Shirley loves to sing.
In the first sentence to is a preposition. While in the second sentence to is an infinitive particle.
5. Always Place Them Before an Object
Since preposition means to pre position it, it must be placed before an object.
Example: Emma was sitting next to her crush.
Example: Put the milk in the fridge.
These examples use the prepositions next to and before the objects.
6. Use With Objects
Prepositions don't work unless there is an object so that they can define the object's relationship with the verb or the subject. So, there must be an object in the sentence.
Example: All students are following the teacher's instructions.
Here the students are the subject which is followed by the preposition ‘following’ to define the object, which is the teacher's instructions.
7. The Ending
The English language continues to develop even today, so we can end the sentence with a preposition with the new grammatical rules.
Example: Can I come in?
Example: Do you want to get drinks after?
Here, the words in and after end of the sentence yet make complete sense.
With these rules in mind and some practice, you can improve your grammatical mistakes about prepositions and become proficient in English.