List of Prepositions
This list of prepositions will help you understand what a preposition is. Let's start by having you listen to the preposition song. I'll sing it for you in the video. (You'll find a long list of prepositions below the video.) Have fun!
The Preposition Song
Sing this song to the tune of "Yankee Doodle."
above, across, after, at,
around, before, behind,
below, beside, between,
by, down, during, for, from,
in, inside, onto, of,
off, on, out, through,
to, under, up, with
And that's the preposition song!
Prepositions are words that show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and some other word or element in the rest of the sentence.
* Notice that this list of prepositions contains one-word, two-word, and three-word prepositions. Sometimes, words act together to form one preposition.
aboard, about, above, across, after, against, ahead of, along, amid,
amidst, among, around, as, as far as, as of, aside from, at, athwart, atop
barring, because of, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides,
between, beyond, but, by, by means of
despite, down, during
except, except for, excluding
far from, following, for, from
in, in accordance with, in addition to, in case of, in front of, in lieu of,
in place of, in spite of, including, inside, instead of, into
near, next to, notwithstanding
of, off, on, on account of, on behalf of, on top of, onto, opposite, out,
out of, outside, over
past, plus, prior to
regarding, regardless of
than, through, till, to, toward, towards
under, underneath, unlike, until, up, upon
with, with regard to, within, without
What Is A Preposition?
Seeing a list of prepositions is great, but you also need to understand what prepositions are.
* Remember that prepositions are words that show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and some other word in the sentence.
They are ALWAYS found in prepositional phrases.
Prepositional phrases are groups of words that act as a single part of speech, so all of the words act together as either an adjective or an adverb.
They always start with a preposition and end with a noun or pronoun.
Here are some examples of prepositional phrases:
at the movie
up the tree
around the block
Notice that all three of these prepositional phrases begin with a preposition (at, up, around) and end with a noun (movie, tree, block).
Sentence diagramming shows us how all of the parts of a sentence are related. If you are a visual person, diagramming is the best way to learn grammar.
When diagrammed, prepositional phrases go underneath the word that they modify.
The preposition goes on the slanted line, and the object of the preposition goes on a horizontal line coming off of the slanted line.
Just take a look!
The cake with nuts fell onto the floor.
With nuts starts with the preposition with and ends with the noun nuts. The whole phrase is functioning an adjective modifying the subject cake. It's easy to see that because its diagram is branching off of cake.
Onto the floor starts with the preposition onto and ends with the noun floor. The whole phrase is functioning as an adverb modifying the verb fell. Does the diagram help you to see that?
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Learn step by step diagramming for prepositions and prepositional phrases.
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