Mrs. LaFrance's Notes about Prepositions
A preposition relates the noun or pronoun following it to another word in the sentence.
about behind during off to
above below except on toward
across beneath for onto under
after beside from opposite underneath
against besides in out until
along between inside outside up
among beyond into over upon
around but like past with
at by near since within
before down of through without
Prepositions consisting of more than one word are called compound prepositions.
according to by means of instead of
ahead of in addition to next to
aside from in back of on account of
as of in front of on top of
because of in place of out of
A preposition in a sentence always introduces a prepositional phrase.
A prepositional phrase is a group of words that begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or pronoun. The noun or pronoun following the preposition is the object of the preposition.
Ex: on top of spaghetti
in the sand in the sun
Preposition or Adverb
Some words can be used as either prepositions or adverbs.
Remember: When used as a preposition, the word begins a
prepositional phrase and is followed by an object.
When used as an adverb, the word will have no object.
Ex: The meatball rolled outside the door. (prep. phrase) The meatball rolled outside. (adverb)