English Prepositions List

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English Prepositions List
© Josef Essberger 2009
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Cambridge CB1 1AH
England, UK

First Edition 2000
Second Edition (revised) 2005
Third Edition (revised and extended) 2007
Third Edition (revised and extended) 2007
Fourth Edition (revised) 2009
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Why 150 prepositions? 6

1 One-word Prepositions


with sample sentences

2 Complex Prepositions


with sample sentences

3 Illustrations


Prepositions of place 33
Prepositions of time 34

4 Quizzes (with answers)
One-word prepositions 36
Complex prepositions 45
Prepositions of place 51
Prepositions of time 52
One-word and complex prepositions 53


This ebook contains a list of most English prepositions in use today.
The first section lists “one-word prepositions” (for example before, into, on).
The second section lists “complex prepositions” (phrases of two or more words
that function like one-word prepositions, for example according to, but for, in
spite of).
The name “preposition” (pre + position) means “place before”. Prepositions
usually come before another word, usually a noun or noun phrase:
• noun
• pronoun
• noun phrase
• gerund (verb in -ing form)
If a preposition does not come before another word, it is still closely linked to
another word:
• Who did you talk to?
• To whom did you talk?
• I talked to Jane.
Many prepositions can also be adverbs:
• They are in the kitchen. preposition
• Please come in. adverb
A few prepositions can also be conjunctions:
• Everyone came but Tara. pr...
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