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Position Words

Position Words in English for Class 1 English

Position words are used in front of a noun or pronoun to indicate time, place, location, direction, etc. In this learning concept, the topic has been precisely elaborated with the definition of position words and the example of position words. Moreover, students are made aware of the potential application errors and exceptions that might occur when using them.

The students will also gain knowledge of the following key points associated with this concept:

  • List of position words.
  • The different position words in English
  • Use of position words sentences

Each concept is explained to class 1 English students using illustrations, examples, and mind maps. You can assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the position words worksheet for class 1 and check the solutions provided in PDF format.

What is a Position Word?

Words that describe where a noun are called position words. It tells us where a person, place, animal, or thing is. It also shows the relation of the noun with other parts of the sentence.

Few examples of prepositions:

Example of position words

a) Use of ‘on’:

The word ‘on’ is used to show that the noun is placed on top of something.


Example of position words ‘on’.

The word ‘laptop’ is a noun.
The preposition ‘on’ tells us where the noun is placed.

b) Use of ‘in’:

When the nouns is placed inside another thing is when we use the word ‘in’

Example of position words ‘in’

The preposition ‘in’ refers to the position of the noun (fruits).

c) Use of ‘under’:

The word ‘under’ is used in reference to another object to show that something or someone is below an object.

Example of position words ‘under’

Here, ‘under’ shows where the zebra is standing. It helps us to describe the place where the noun is.

d) Use of ‘down’:

Example of position words ‘down’

The position word ‘down’ indicates in which direction the boy is moving.

e) Use of ‘up’:

Example of position words ‘up’

In this example, ‘up’ shows the direction of the lady going upward.

f) Use of ‘near’:

Example of position words ‘near’

The word ‘near’ is a position word because it indicates the position of the house.

Common Mistake:

Don’t put a position word after the noun. It is always placed before anoun.


The apple is on the table. tick

The apple is the table on. cross

Look at the mind map to understand the position words better.

Concept map of position words
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