Using prepositions

Learning focus

To understand what prepositions are and how to use them in sentences.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand prepositions

  • three activities

Learn

A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else.

Examples of prepositions include words like after, before, on, under, inside and outside.

Watch this clip to learn about prepositions and when to use them.

Learn about prepositions.

Prepositions can tell you where a noun is in relation to something else.

  • The dog ran under the table.

  • The hot air balloon flew over the town.

Prepositions can also tell you when something happened in relation to something else.

  • I brushed my teeth before I went to bed.

  • He completed his homework after he finished his dinner.

You can use both types of prepositions in one sentence.

  • After walking for miles she rested on a hill.

'After' tells you when she rested and 'on' tells you where she rested.

Watch the following clip to learn more about prepositions.

Revise what you've learnt about prepositions.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Highlight all the prepositions that are used in the sentences.

Remember: A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else.

Activity 2

Each sentence below has had its preposition taken out.

Write down each sentence adding in a preposition from the list below. Use all the prepositions.

beside, before, on, after, between

  1. I was sure I put my teddy ____ my bed but now I can't find it.

  2. Stacy had to eat all her vegetables ____ she could have dessert.

  3. My cat lies ____ my bed and the window at night.

  4. I always keep my glasses ____ my bed so I can grab them in the morning.

  5. ____ school I am going to the park.

Activity 3

Look around the room you are in.

Write five sentences about the room using a different preposition in each sentence.

Challenge yourself to use these prepositions if you can:

  • between

  • opposite

  • beyond

For example: The door is opposite the bed.

Top tip!

Other examples of prepositions include: under, over, inside, outside, beside, through, behind

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about what prepositions are and how to use them in sentences.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you with grammar.

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