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Preposition Exercise

This resource was written by Tony Cimasko.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 23, 2010 .


This resource contains practice exercises you can do to help learn prepositions.

Take a look at the following two pictures. Write about the relationships between and among people and things, using appropriate prepositions. If you see things in an image that you cannot identify in English, feel free to use a dictionary. When you are finished, share your thoughts with another student or with a teacher.

Picture 1

A man is jumping into a pool.

Picture 2

The man is in the pool.

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In the next section, write about the relationships in each of the pairs, using appropriate prepositions. Note that the preposition will not always go between the two items; they might even belong at the beginning of the sentence. When you are finished, share your thoughts with another student or with a teacher.

Example: Updates are provided | Mondays

Answer: Updates are provided on Mondays.

1. The physics lab closes | 11:00 p.m. weekdays
2. The afternoon | Donald covers the phones
3. The fiscal year ends | September 30th
4. We recorded our biggest losses | fiscal year 2008
5. The computers have been rebooting automatically | yesterday
6. two weeks, | he has been working past 8 p.m.
7. Peiyi had to revise her presentation | a week
8. The office thermostat was set to 78 degrees | save 10 to 15 percent on the electric bill
9. Clara went | very specific detail
10. Joshua stayed | his announced topic
11. One of the union leaders spoke | the layoff plans
12. The plastic needs to resist temperatures | 300 degrees Celsius
13. Professor Singh stood | his student’s efforts
14. She needs to choose | better pay and better fringe benefits
15. The company is almost | time to file the paperwork, and they are worried.

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