Prepositions Quiz: Types, Examples, and Usage
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Prepositions Quiz: Types, Examples, and Usage

Test your knowledge on prepositions by understanding their types, examples, common mistakes, and usage in English grammar. Learn about different categories including location, time, direction, comparison, and degrees of prepositions along with phrasal verbs.

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Questions and Answers

Which of the following statements about phrasal verbs is correct?

Separable phrasal verbs don't allow the object to come between the verb and the preposition.

What common mistake do people make with prepositions according to the text?

Not using a preposition when needed.

Which of the following sentences contains a phrasal verb?

The plane took off from the runway.

What is the purpose of prepositions in English grammar?

<p>To connect nouns and pronouns to other words in a sentence.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which phrasal verb is inseparable according to the text?

<p>Run into</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes



Prepositions are words that connect a noun or pronoun to other words in a sentence, indicating relationships such as location, time, or direction. They are typically short and used in common phrases. For example, "in the morning" or "on the table." Prepositions often create prepositional phrases, which further define the relationship between the noun or pronoun and the rest of the sentence.


Prepositions can be categorized into several types based on their function:


Prepositions of place or location, such as "in," "on," "at," "under," "over," "above," "below," "near," "far," "inside," and "outside."


Prepositions of time, such as "in," "on," "at," "during," "before," "after," and "by."


Prepositions of direction, such as "into," "onto," "out of," "out from," "out of," "out with," "out with," "out of," "out of," "out over," "out over," "out off," "out up," "out up," "out along," "out around," "out about," "out about," "out around," "out around," and "out about."


Prepositions of comparison, such as "like," "unlike," "than," "as," and "as if."


Prepositions of degree, such as "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," "according to," and "according to."


Here are some examples of prepositions in sentences:

  1. I live in a small apartment on the second floor.
  2. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  3. The balloon floated into the sky towards the sun.
  4. The dog ran over the hills and into the woods.
  5. The book is like a mirror reflecting our lives.
  6. She is taller than her sister by two inches.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake with prepositions is using the wrong one for the context. For example, using "into" instead of "in" or "on" instead of "at." Another mistake is not using a preposition at all when needed, leading to ambiguous or incorrect sentences.

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are verbs followed by a preposition or an adverb, which together form a single meaning. They can be separable or inseparable. Separable phrasal verbs allow the object to come between the verb and the preposition, while inseparable phrasal verbs require the object to follow the verb.

Examples of separable phrasal verbs include "take off" (remove) and "put on" (wear). Examples of inseparable phrasal verbs include "look into" (investigate) and "run into" (meet unexpectedly).

Common phrasal verbs include "call off" (cancel), "turn on" (activate), "run out" (exhaust), and "fall behind" (lag).


Prepositions play a crucial role in English grammar by connecting nouns and pronouns to other words in a sentence. Understanding the types, examples, common mistakes, and phrasal verbs involving prepositions can greatly improve your writing and speaking skills.

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