Prepositions show relationships. They help you place nouns in context. For instance, prepositions are used to make clear where a noun is: “The dog is ON my bed.” “The milk is IN the refrigerator.” Prepositions can be used to show time: “The meeting is AT four-o’clock.” “I drink coffee BEFORE brushing my teeth.” They can give you a sense of direction: “She is walking TOWARDS her friends.” “The monster ran AWAY from Victor Frankenstein.” Prepositions can tell you where a noun came from: “The tea came FROM South Africa.” “He took the sweater OUT OF the closet.”
This video helps you understand the proper usage of prepositions, and about how prepositional phrases can act as adjectives or adverbs. It also addresses that funny superstition in English grammar – ending a sentence with a preposition is perfectly fine!
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