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Concept: Preposition

Definition

Position words talk about a noun's position in relation to another noun. These words are called as prepositions.

Let’s look at a few commonly used position words.

types of preposition

Examples:

example of inside & outside preposition

In both the examples, the position words ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ to describe the position of the nouns (man).

a) Use of ‘inside’:

  • The position word ‘Inside’ is used to show the location of a noun.
  • It is used to talk about a noun that is residing within a closed boundary or located in the interior of something.

Example:

example of inside preposition

The dog is staying within the closed space of the kennel. Therefore, we used ‘inside’ to indicate its position.

a) Use of ‘outside’:

  • Outside is also used to express location with respect to another thing.
  • We use ‘outside’ to talk about a noun that is residing on an external side or surface of something.

Example:

example of outside preposition

The girl is not in the car. She is standing near the side of the car. The position word to be used here is ‘outside’ as it talks about her position.

c) Use of ‘below’:

The position word ‘below’ indicates the position to some way lower than something else.

Example:

example of below preposition

The ball is not at the same level as the sofa. It is under (at the lower level) the sofa. The position word ‘below’ describes the position of the ball.

d) Use of ‘above’:

The position word ‘above’ means ‘is above something else’. We use this word to refer to an object that is at a higher level than something.

Example:

example of above preposition

The clock is at a higher level than the sofa. The position word ‘above’ refers to the position of the clock.

Common Mistake:

Don’t place position words after the nouns or pronouns. They will always come before the noun or pronouns.

Example:

  • He rented a room above the garage.
  • He rented a room the garage above.
Mindmap of preposition
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