A preposition is a word that shows the relationship of a noun or a pronoun to another word in a sentence.† A prepositional phrase is a group of words that begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or a pronoun that is called the object of the preposition.
1. The diamonds in the vault are priceless. (In shows the relationship between the diamonds and the object of the preposition, vault.)
2. The telephone rang four times during dinner. (During shows the relationship between rang and the object of the preposition, dinner.)
3. Here is a gift for you. (For relates gifts to the object of the preposition, you.)
Choose the preposition out of each sentence.† Check your answers with the key below.
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1. I left my boots outside the door.
2. The speech was over my head.
3. Everyone came aboard the boat.
4. It was on the stove.
5. The pencil was under the book.
6. The money is in the vault.
7. I left the top on the side.
8. The keyboard is below the desk.
9. The mouse is on the desk.
10. The disks are inside the box.
††††††††† Teaching: learn about prepositions then teach them once you know them well.