Preposition Summary

Diagnostic

shoes on shelf

Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate

Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced 

Prepositional Phrases

 

clock
calendar

We went to San Francisco in 2009.
We went to San Francisco in June.
We went to San Francisco on June 19, 2009, at noon.

 

 

gold medalist

Michael Phelps made sports history by winning eight gold medals ___ the 2008 Olympics ___ Beijing, China.

map location / inside location

She is at school. (location)

She is in school. (enrolled in)

Her father is working in the school.(within the space)

He's in hot water.

 

beach

We are on vacation during July.
We went to the beach several times in our stay.


They are on vacation in July.
*They stayed there during July, not during May.

 

Thin Cover Girls

We have been coming to this beach for fifteen years.

We have been coming to this beach since July, 1995.

thinking

By the time I leave work, the sun will be setting. (ongoing)

By the time I leave work, the sun will have set. (completed)

Participle & Prepositional Combinations

 

 pleased
 

The children were interested in hearing his story.
The press was excited about the President's speech.

The President is pleased with the response.
The President is pleased with how the people responded.

 

 Paparazzi camera flash

Celebrities are concerned ____ the activities of the Paparazzi.

 

 

Verb + Preposition Combinations

wolf lets out a howl
He lets out a howl.

Look up. 
Look up the word in the dictionary.

He took his coat off.
He took off his coat. 
The airplane took off.

 

A mismatch on a date

Who did you give your number to?
To whom did you give your number?  very formal

Can you tell me — what kind of person you are interested in?
Can you tell me — in what kind of person you are interested?

The word — that you looked up — is not in my dictionary.
The word — up which you looked — is not in my dictionary.

 

overworked man

He talks about leaving.

He accused us of complaining.

He keeps on making trouble.

He worries about making deadlines.

 

ballet

She dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer.

She dreamed about becoming a ballet dancer.

 

Studying with Children

I put off going to college.

Instead, I took care of raising my two children.

 

school

Most people aren't accustomed to working hard.

If you try, you can succeed in doing anything you want.

 

man entering 

He went inside.
He went inside the house.

He went there.

 

Fixing door

I thanked him for fixing my door.

I appreciate his fixing my door.

 

Package

You can open it by using a knife.

You can cut the string with a knife.

 

string

What's it for? for tying boxes.

Why do you use it? to tie boxes.

How do you close boxes? with string / by using string.

 

watching tv

Jason read the manual before beginning the installation.

You can't turn it on without plugging it in.

Jane got it working by using a different cable.

A letter

My friend is bringing me a letter.

My friend is bringing a letter to me.

My friend is bringing me it.

wolf lets out a howl
A wolf lets out a long howl.

Look up. 
Look up the word in the dictionary.

He took his coat off.
He took off his coat. 
The airplane took off.