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Prepositions

aboard

adverb, preposition

into an organization, group, company etc

against

preposition

used for stating who is harmed or affected by something

against

preposition

used for stating who someone dislikes or feels angry towards

against

preposition

used for stating what is causing harm or affecting someone or something

amid

preposition

if something happens amid particular feelings or events, it happens while people have these feelings or while these events are happening

amid

preposition

if something happens amid noise, shouting, laughter etc, it happens while there is a lot of noise etc all around

among

preposition

used when you are mentioning a particular person or thing in relation to the rest of the group they belong to

among

preposition

used for saying what happens within a particular group of people

among

preposition

used for saying that many people in a group have a particular opinion or feeling

at

preposition

in a particular place

at

preposition

used for saying where you stop on a journey

at

preposition

in a particular part of a process, activity, programme, or book

at

preposition

used for saying that someone is doing something or taking part in an activity somewhere

at

preposition

used for stating what state or situation someone or something is in

at

preposition

used for stating what makes someone react in a particular way

at

preposition

used for showing the level of prices, temperatures, speeds etc

at

preposition

used for stating what someone is trying to catch, hold, or hit

at

preposition

used for showing that you repeat an action many times with small movements but without doing it completely

at

preposition

used for stating the activity or subject that someone is skilful or not skilful in

barring

preposition

unless the thing mentioned happens or exists

cum

preposition

used between two words that describe two qualities or uses that someone or something has

failing

preposition

used for saying that if one thing is not suitable or possible, then there is something else that you can try

from

preposition

used for stating who gives or sends you something or provides you with something

from

preposition

used for stating the place where someone lives or used to live, or their general situation in life

from

preposition

used for stating the place where something was made

from

preposition

used for stating what something was originally a part of

from

preposition

starting at a particular age and continuing

from

preposition

starting at one amount and increasing or becoming less

from

preposition

used for stating an amount that is reduced by having part of it taken away

from

preposition

used for giving the reason for a judgment or opinion

from

preposition

used for stating one end of a range of things

from

preposition

used for stating where someone is when they see, hear, or do something

from

preposition

used for stating what substance has been used for making something

from

preposition

used for stating what someone or something was before changing to something else

from

preposition

used for stating what has been prevented or protected against

from

preposition

used for talking about differences between two or more people or things

into

preposition

arriving somewhere

into

preposition

used for stating what someone or something becomes after a change

into

preposition

used for stating what physical or emotional state someone starts to be in

into

preposition

used for stating what bad situation someone starts to become involved in

into

preposition

starting to take part in an activity or type of work

into

preposition

used for stating what you are trying to find out about

into

preposition

used for stating what someone persuades or forces you to do

into

preposition

used for stating what substance another substance gets mixed with

into

preposition

used for stating what group or organization someone becomes a member of

into

preposition

used for stating how something is divided

into

preposition

used when dividing one number by another

of

preposition

used for saying who or what has a particular feature, aspect, or quality

of

preposition

used for saying which specific thing belonging to a more general type you are referring to

of

preposition

used for giving a specific age, amount, value etc

of

preposition

used after nouns that refer to actions for saying who or what does the action

of

preposition

used after nouns that refer to actions for saying who or what is affected by the action

of

preposition

used for saying who something belongs to

of

preposition

used for saying what something is part of

of

preposition

used for saying what something contains

of

preposition

used for saying what type of thing is in a particular quantity or group

of

preposition

used for talking about individual pieces of a substance

of

preposition

used for saying what group a particular person or thing is from

of

preposition

used for saying what substance is used for making something

of

preposition

used after some adjectives for saying a person or thing that a feeling is directed towards

of

preposition

used for saying what type of person or thing has been described by another noun

of

preposition

used for saying which person behaves in a particular way in a situation

of

preposition

used for saying what causes something

of

preposition

used for mentioning a quality that someone or something has

of

preposition

used for saying who has a particular relationship with someone else

onto

preposition

used for saying that something is added to a list, statement, word etc

pace

preposition

used before someone’s name for saying politely that you disagree with their opinion about a subject

pending

preposition

while waiting for something to be dealt with, settled, or completed

per

preposition

used for stating the rate or cost for each unit of time, quantity, distance etc

prep.

abbreviation

preposition

preposition

noun

a word that usually comes before a noun or a pronoun and shows its relation to another part of the sentence. In the sentences ‘I left it on the table’ and ‘She came out of the house’, the words ‘on’ and ‘out of’ are prepositions.

qua

preposition

as: used for describing the character or position of someone or something in a particular situation

thru

adverb, preposition

an informal way of writing ‘through’. This is sometimes used in newspapers and very informal American writing, but it is not generally accepted in British English.

towards

preposition

used when saying how you feel about someone or something or how you treat them

towards

preposition

used for showing how a process is developing in a way that will produce a particular result

towards

preposition

in order to help to pay for something

unto

preposition

an old word meaning ‘to’

upon

preposition

used after some verbs with the same meaning as ‘on’

upon

preposition

used between two nouns that are the same for emphasizing that there is a large number of the thing that you are mentioning

with

preposition

if one person or thing is with another or does something with them, they are together or they do it together

with

preposition

used for saying what possessions, qualities, or features someone or something has

with

preposition

used for saying what someone is holding or carrying

with

preposition

used for saying what is used for doing something

with

preposition

used for saying what person or thing you have a particular feeling towards

with

preposition

used for saying what feeling causes someone to react in a particular way

with

preposition

used for saying what causes someone or something to be in a particular state

with

preposition

used for saying the qualities that someone shows or the feelings that they have when they do something

with

preposition

used for saying what sound or expression someone or something makes when they do something

with

preposition

used for saying how something starts, continues, or ends

with

preposition

used for saying what is in or on something, for example what fills or covers it

with

preposition

developing or improving as a result of something

with

preposition

used for saying what event makes something possible

with

preposition

used for saying what a particular action or problem is related to

with

preposition

used for saying what people, countries etc someone behaves towards in a particular way

prepositional

adjective

among yourselves/ourselves/themselves

with each other

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