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Prepositions

Prepositions are short words (at, in, on) which are used to show position, location, direction, and time in English. This in-depth tutorial will take you from basic usage to advanced verb + preposition combinations. It includes dozens of preposition exercises as well as the answers to common preposition questions.

Learn Prepositions

The following pages explain different types of prepositions and how they are used. After reading these pages, test what you have learned with the exercises below.

Basic Preposition Exercises

These exercises cover the content in the pages above. Make sure you know the preposition basics before moving on to the advanced exercises below.

Verbs + Prepositions

There are many verb + preposition combinations in English. Some English verbs take prepositions to show direction or position (go up, go down, go in, etc.) These combinations are easy to learn.

But some verbs require prepositions to take objects (depend on her, joke about him, laugh at them, etc.) These combinations are harder. The best way to learn them is by reading English books and speaking with native speakers. To help English learners, we have put together a great list of the most common verb + preposition combinations with example sentences.

Phrasal verbs

Some verbs can be followed by different prepositions. This can change the meaning of the verb. For example, turn, turn off, turn back and turn down all have very different meanings. These special verb + preposition combinations are called phrasal verbs, and they take time to learn.

Read through our phrasal verb page, which talks about different types of phrasal verbs and how they are used. There is also a phrasal verb dictionary with definitions and examples. Afterwards, test your knowledge with the exercises below. Practice makes perfect.

Verb + Preposition and Phrasal Verb Exercises

These exercises test verb + preposition combinations and phrasal verbs. While doing these exercises, think about how prepositions change the meaning of the verbs. Make sure you fully understand phrasal verbs before moving on to the mixed preposition exercises.

Mixed Preposition Exercises

These advanced exercises mix position, direction, location and time prepositions with verb + preposition combinations and phrasal verbs. This will test all of the content described on this page.

Common Questions about Prepositions

What is a prepositional phrase?

What is the object of a preposition?

Can you end a sentence with a preposition?

Gerunds often come after prepositions. Where can I learn about gerunds?

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