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A Planeful of Prepositions

     Student ________________

A preposition shows relationships - like a plane shows relationship to a cloud:

  The plane goes--

  • above the cloud
  • across the cloud
  • after the cloud
  • against the cloud
  • along the cloud
  • around the cloud
  • before
  • below
  • beneath
  • beside
  • between
  • by
  • down
  • during
  • in
  • into
  • near
  • on
  • off
  • out
  • over
  • through
  • to
  • toward
  • under
  • up
  • with

Two important prepositions that do not fit this pattern are:

           OF   and    FOR

Most prepositions begin a phrase that includes:

     above   the preposition
     the   words that describe the coming noun or pronoun
     cloud   a noun or pronoun (called the object of the preposition)

This phrase is called--

a prepositional phrase!

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A sentence may have more than one prepositional phrase.

One preposition:  The plane went into the blue sky.

Two prepositions:  During the race 1, the plane had trouble with the engine 2.

Four prep. phrases:  In spite 1 of trouble 2, the plane sped across the miles 3 to its destination 4.


The number of prepositions in a sentence is unlimited!