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Proper Use of Preposition—Part II


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Preposition of place

At = (a particular place)

I met my friend at the school gate.
They will wait for me at the bus stand.

On = (upon a particular place)

A parrot was sitting on a tree.
You can keep your bag on the table.

In = (inside something)

My pen is in my pocket.
He kept the notebook in the drawer.

Over = (upon something, without any contact)

The plane flew over my head.
The dog jumped over the table.

Under = (Below something, without any contact)

The cat was lying under the table.
The tired traveller sat under a tree for rest.

Above = (upon something, at a reasonable height)

The sun was shining above our head.
The lamp was placed above the window.

Below = (lower/ less than a particular point)

This sort of behaviour is below your dignity.
He kept the paper below the clothes.

Behind = (in the back side)

My father was driving the scooter while I was sitting behind.
The temple is behind a big banyan tree.

In front of = (In the front side)

The temple is in front of the banyan tree.
The post office is situated in front of our house.

Beside = (by the side)

A narrow stream flows beside our school.
You can keep the trunk beside the table.

Between = (within two particular thing/point)

The bus stand is between our house and the railway station’
Kanpur is between Delhi and Allahabad.

Among = (inside/within)

A golden bowl was lying among the old utensils.
The sun was hidden among the clouds.

Note:
When we talk about two persons, places, things etc. we use 'between'.

When we talk about more than two persons, places, things etc. we use 'among'.

Opposite = (on the other side)

There is a bank opposite our school.
The picture hall is just opposite the bus stand.

Near = (very close)

The little boy was standing near the window.
I have lost my purse near the playground.

Note: - study the following sentences carefully to understand the proper use of ‘at’ and ‘on’:

Seema was standing at the gate.

A little boy was running on the road.

Note: - study the following sentences carefully to understand the proper use of ‘at’ and ‘in’:

I shall meet you at the bus stop.
Mahatma Gandhi was born at Porbandar in Gujrat.
The baby was in its mothers arms.
Some students were sitting in the college library.

Note: - study the following sentences carefully to understand the proper use of ‘in’ and ‘on’:

My mother is in the kitchen.
My books are on the table.




Sample Usage

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