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Prepositions for Time, Place, and Introducing Objects

Summary:

This section deals with prepositions and their standard uses.

Contributors:Chris Berry, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli
Last Edited: 2011-03-23 03:07:43

One point in time

On is used with days:

At is used with noon, night, midnight, and with the time of day:

In is used with other parts of the day, with months, with years, with seasons:

Extended time

To express extended time, English uses the following prepositions: since, for, by, from—to, from-until, during,(with)in

Place

To express notions of place, English uses the following prepositions: to talk about the point itself: in, to express something contained: inside, to talk about the surface: on, to talk about a general vicinity, at.

Higher than a point

To express notions of an object being higher than a point, English uses the following prepositions: over, above.

Lower than a point

To express notions of an object being lower than a point, English uses the following prepositions: under, underneath, beneath, below.

Close to a point

To express notions of an object being close to a point, English uses the following prepositions: near, by, next to, between, among, opposite.

To introduce objects of verbs

English uses the following prepositions to introduce objects of the following verbs.

At: glance, laugh, look, rejoice, smile, stare

Of: approve, consist, smell

Of (or about): dream, think

For: call, hope, look, wait, watch, wish

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