WHAT IS A PREPOSITION?
A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or
phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition.
A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest
of the sentence as in the following examples:
The book is on the table.
The book is beneath the table.
The book is leaning against the table.
The book is beside the table.
She held the book over the table.
She read the book during class.
In each of the preceding sentences, a preposition locates the noun "book" in space or in time.
A prepositional phrase is made up of the preposition, its object and any associated adjectives or
adverbs. A prepositional phrase can function as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb. The most
common prepositions are "about," "above," "across," "after," "against," "along," "among,"
"around," "at," "before," "behind," "below," "beneath," "beside," "between," "beyond," "but,"
"by," "despite," "down," "during," "except," "for," "from," "in," "inside," "into," "like," "near,"
"of," "off," "on," "onto," "out," "outside," "over," "past," "since," "through," "throughout," "till,"
"to," "toward," "under," "underneath," "until," "up," "upon," "with," "within," and "without."
Each of the highlighted words in the following sentences is a preposition:
The children climbed the mountain without fear.
In this sentence, the preposition "without" introduces the noun "fear." The prepositional phrase
"without fear" functions as an adverb describing how the children climbed.
There was rejoicing throughout the land when the government was defeated.
Here, the preposition "throughout" introduces the noun phrase "the land." The prepositional
phrase acts as an adverb describing the location of the rejoicing.
The spider crawled slowly along the banister.
The preposition "along" introduces the noun phrase "the banister" and the prepositional phrase
"along the banister" acts as an adverb, describing where the spider crawled.
The dog is hiding under the porch because it knows it will be punished for chewing up a new
pair of shoes.
Here the preposition "under" introduces the prepositional phrase "under the porch," which acts as
an adverb modifying the compound verb "is hiding."
The screenwriter searched for the manuscript he was certain was somewhere in his office.
Similarly in this sentence, the preposition "in" introduces a prepositional phrase "in his office,"
which acts as an adverb describing the location of the missing papers.
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Recognize a preposition when you see one.
Prepositions are the words that indicate location. Usually, prepositions show this location in the
physical world. Check out the three examples below:
The puppy is on the floor. The puppy is beside the phone.
The puppy is in the trashcan.
On, in, and beside are all prepositions. They are showing where the puppy is. Prepositions can
also show location in time. Read the next three examples:
At midnight, Jill craved mashed potatoes with grape jelly.
In the spring, I always vow to plant tomatoes but end up buying them at the supermarket.
During the marathon, Iggy's legs complained with sharp pains shooting up his thighs.
At midnight, in the spring, and during the marathon all show location in time.
Because there are so many possible locations, there are quite a few prepositions. Below is the
about concerning onto
above despite on top of
according to down out
across during out of
after except outside
against except for over
along excepting past
along with for regarding
among from round
apart from in since
around in addition to through
as in back of throughout
as for in case of till
at in front of to
because of in place of toward
before inside under
behind in spite of underneath
below instead of unlike
beneath into until
beside like up
between near upon
beyond next up to
but* of with
by off within
by means of on without
* But is very seldom a preposition. When it is used as a preposition, but means the same as
except—Everyone ate frog legs but Jamie. But usually functions as a coordinating conjunction.
Understand how to form a prepositional phrase.
Prepositions generally introduce prepositional phrases. Prepositional phrases look like this:
preposition + optional modifiers + noun, pronoun, or gerund
Here are some examples:
At = preposition; school = noun.
According to us
According to = preposition; us = pronoun.
By = preposition; chewing = gerund.
Under the stove
Under = preposition; the = modifier; stove = noun.
In the crumb-filled, rumpled sheets
In = preposition; the, crumb-filled, rumpled = modifiers; sheets = noun.
Realize that some prepositions also function as subordinate conjunctions.
Some prepositions also function as subordinate conjunctions. These prepositions are after, as,
before, since, and until. A subordinate conjunction will have both a subject and a verb following
it, forming a subordinate clause.
Look at these examples:
After Sam and Esmerelda kissed goodnight
After = subordinate conjunction; Sam, Esmerelda = subjects; kissed = verb.
As Jerome buckled on the parachute
As = subordinate conjunction; Jerome = subject; buckled = verb.
Before I eat these frog legs
Before = subordinate conjunction; I = subject; eat = verb.
Since we have enjoyed the squid eyeball stew
Since = subordinate conjunction; we = subject; have enjoyed = verb.
Until your hiccups stop
Until = subordinate conjunction; hiccups = subject; stop = verb.
If you find a noun [with or without modifiers] following one of these five prepositions, then all
you have is a prepositional phrase. Look at these examples:
After the killer calculus test
After = preposition; the, killer, calculus = modifiers; test = noun.
As a good parent
As = preposition; a, good = modifiers; parent = noun.
Before = preposition; dinner = noun.
Since the breakup
Since = preposition; the = modifier; breakup = noun.
Until = preposition; midnight = noun.
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Preposisi atau kata depan adalah kata yang dihubungkan denan kata yang lain sehingga
mempunyai arti tersendiri.
By bus = dengan bus
By night = pada malam hari
By David = oleh david
By the river = dekat sungai
Preposisi dalam bahasa inggris adalah: in, at, on, of, for, from, to, into, by, with, without, about,
after, before, above, over, under, below, beneath, inside, outside, beside, besides, near, behind,
opposite, across, along, alongside, toward, between, among, round (around), via, versus, during,
until, within, upon, beyond, against, through, throughout, up, down, like, as, per.
Contoh penggunaan Preposisi:
• I live in Ngabang.
• I live on Jalan Manunggal.
• I live at Gang Manunggal 71.
Untuk menyatakan nama kota harus menggunakan in.
Untuk menyatakan nama jalan harus menggunakan on.
Untuk menyatakan nomor rumah harus menggunakan at.
Jadi, preposisi digunakan dengan kata tertentu sebagai pasangannya masing-masing sehingga
mempunyai arti tersendiri.
Penempata preposisi harus memperhatikan jenis kata yang mendampinginya. Berikut ini aturan-
aturan penempatan preposisi.
KATA BENDA + PREPOSISI
PREPOSISI + KATA BENDA
Ketika bertemu dengan kata benda, preposisi harus diletakkan sebelum kata benda dan atau
sesudah kata benda yang mempunyai makna tersendiri.
Contoh preposisi yang diletakkan sebelum kata benda sebagai berikut.
• I’ll pay in cash. (saya akan membayar dengan uang tunai)
• We are in agreement on that point. (Kami sepakat dalam hal itu)
• The ownership of this house is in dispute. (Kepemilikan atas rumah ini sedang dalam
• The typewriter is in use. I can do this later. (Mesin tik itu sedang dipakai. saya bisa
mengerjakan ini nanti.
KATA BENDA + PREPOSISI
Contoh preposisi yang dletakkan sesudah kata benda sebagai berikut.
• There has been a rise in prices recently. (Ada kenaikan dalam harga akhir-akhir ini)
• There is an increase in population every year. (Ada peningkatan dalam jumlah penduduk setiap
• There was a decrease in traffic accidents last month. (Ada penurunan dalam kecelakaan lalu
lintas pada bulan yang lalu)
• We hope there will be a fall in crimes. (Semoga akan ada penurunan dalam masalah kejahatan)
KATA SIFAT + PREPOSISI
Ketika bertemu dengan kata sifat, preposisi harus diletakkan setelah kata sifat dan mempunyai
arti yang berlainan.
• The bottle is full of water. (Botol itu penuh dengan air)
• The letter you wrote was full of mistakes. (Surat yang kamu tulis penuh dengan kesalahan)
• He is capable of taming horses. (Dia mampu untuk menjinakkan kuda)
• Robert is fond of detective stories.
KATA KERJA + PREPOSISI
Ketika bertemu dengan kata kerja, preposisi harus diletakkan setelah kata kerja dan mempunyai
makna yang berlainan.
• They care about wild animals. (Mereka peduli terhadap binatang liar)
• Sally often complains about food. (Sally sering mengeluh tentang makanan).
• I dreamt about you last night. (Aku mimpi tentang kamu tadi malam).
• Did you hear about the fire on Friday night? (Apakah kamu mendengar tentang kebakaran pada
KATA KERJA + OBJEK + PREPOSISI
Ketika bertemu dengan kata kerja dan objek, preposisi harus diletakkan setelah kata kerja dan
objek dan mempunyai makna yang berlainan.
• Fred is going to ask them for information about the concert. (Fred akan meminta informasi dari
mereka tentang konser itu)
• They blamed me for the accident. (Mereka menyalahkan saya atas kecelakaan itu).
• Simon accused Helen of breaking the glass. (Simon menuduh Helen memecahkan kaca itu).
• This village reminds me of mine. (Desa ini mengingatkan saya pada desa saya sendiri).
PREPOSISI + GERUND
Ketika bertemu dengan gerund, preposisi harus diletakkan sebelum gerund dan mempunyai
makna yang berlainan. (Gerund adalah kata benda yang dibentuk dari kata kerja dengan akhiran
–ing, misalnya: singing, parking, playing).
• Jessica is very fond of singing. (Jessica sangat gemar menyanyi)
• Febby is in the habit of talking to herself. (Febby sudah terbiasa bicara sendiri)
• You must choose between working hard or being poor. (Kamu harus memilih antara kerja keras
atau menjadi miskin).
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Two-word verbs disebut juga Two-part Verbs adalah kata kerja yang dikombinasikan dengan Preposition
atau Adverbial Particle yang mengandung satu kesatuan arti.
Two-words Verbs ini ada yang bisa dipisahkan (Separable) jika memiliki obyek dan jika obyek tersebut
diganti dengan Obyek Pronoun atau obyek tersebut pendek (me, him, her, it, us, you, them) dan ada
yang tidak dapat dipisahkan (Non-Separable).
Two-word Verbs yang dapat dipisahkan oleh Object Pronoun adalah kombinasi Verb + Adverbial Particle,
sedangkan Two-word Verbs yang tidak dapat dipisahkan oleh Object Pronoun adalah kombinasi Verb +
Two-word Verbs yang tidak memiliki obyek juga adalah kombinasi Verb + Adverbial Particle.
Apakah Adverbial Particles itu? Adverbial Particles adalah kata-kata yang ditempatkan sesudah kata
kerja untuk menunjukkan posisi dan arah gerakan.
Contoh Two-word Verbs yang dapat dipisahkan oleh Object Pronoun (Separable Two-word Verbs):
1. Break down the door.
Please, don’t break it down.
2. Call off the meeting.
Students, I wanna call it off.
3. Cross out the wall.
Please, don’t cross it out.
4. Do over our classroom.
Students, we will do it over tomorrow.
5. Don’t hang up the window.
Boy, Don’t hang it up!
6. Don’t put off your work.
Student, don’t put it off till tomorrow, Ok!
7. Figure out the problem.
I see. I figure it out.
8. Fill in the form.
Please, fill it in carefully.
9. Find out the solution.
Student, I have find it out.
10. Give back the books.
Nanda, Please, give them back.
11. Hand in your homework.
Please, hand it in on my desk.
12. Hand out the papers test.
Now, I will hand them out to you.
13. Keep off the grass.
Students, don’t keep it off!
14. Look over the notes.
Class, I’ll look them over.
15. Pick up the pencil.
Please, pick it up, Anna.
16. Put away the books.
Joey, Put them away, Ok!
17. Tear up the paper.
Don’t tear it up!
18. Throw away the rubbish.
Please, throw it away to the litter-bin.
Here, little bit of test for you.
Please, write new words from the last letters that has given. For instance:
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A 2-word verb, also called a phrasal verb, is a special type of idiom made up of a verb
plus a preposition or adverb. Like most idioms, the 2-word verb usually has a meaning
different from the words it is composed of. For example, when you look up a word in
the dictionary, you are not really looking up - you may even be looking down. It is
important to study 2-word verbs because they are very common, especially in
By Kenneth Beare,
What are Phrasal Verbs?
There are four types of phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable and they can take
an object or not. Here is a guide to the basics of phrasal verbs.
Phrasal Verbs which Take Objects
Phrasal verbs which take objects can be separable or inseparable:
Separable phrasal verbs can remain together when using an object that is a noun or noun phrase.
I picked Tom up. OR I picked up Tom.
They put their friends up. OR They put up their friends.
Separable phrasal verbs MUST be separated when a pronoun is used:
We picked him up at the station. NOT We picked up him at the station.
They put them up. NOT They put up them.
Inseparable phrasal verbs always remain together. It makes no difference if a noun or pronoun is
We set off for the beach. / We set off for it.
They are looking after the children. / They are looking after them.
Phrasal Verbs which Don't Take Objects
Some phrasal verbs do not take objects. These phrasal verbs are ALWAYS inseparable.
They thieves got away.
The bus broke down on the way to work.
She got up early.