PREPOSITIONS © 2012 Godot Media
Between and Among Between is used to refer to two persons or thingsE.g.: Can you spot the differences between the two pro...
‘At’ as a Preposition of Place 1st patternAt+the+place within a city or townThe women are at the supermarket, bus stop, m...
 3rd PatternAt+the+place within another placeHe was waiting in the room at the doorHe likes to sit in his apartment at th...
 We arent allowed to watch television when we are at dinner.………at church, class, home, practice, breakfast, lunch, dinner...
Between and And When indicating time period, in terms of hours, days, years  or centuries, we tend to use ‘between and to...
Omission of Prepositions We tend to leave out prepositions where they are necessary,   and as a result, the sentence beco...
Unnecessary Use of Prepositions It is also wrong to use a preposition when it is unnecessary.  The prepositions highlight...
Ending sentences with prepositions To avoid awkward sentence structure, we should avoid  ending sentences with prepositio...
 But in these instances, the use of prepositions is mandatory  for the sentence to make complete sense, and be  grammatic...
Bibliography The Most Common Mistakes in English Usage, Thomas  Elliott Berry, Mc-Graw Hill The Ins and Outs of Preposit...
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This presentation on prepositions explains the most commonly used and misused prepositions. It also talks about when prepositions need to be omitted and the various patterns in which they can be used. Look through the presentation and improve the grammar in your spoken and written English.

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Prepositions

  1. 1. PREPOSITIONS © 2012 Godot Media
  2. 2. Between and Among Between is used to refer to two persons or thingsE.g.: Can you spot the differences between the two products? Among is used to refer to more than two persons or thingsE.g.: There is no co-operations among the party leaders. © 2012 Godot Media
  3. 3. ‘At’ as a Preposition of Place 1st patternAt+the+place within a city or townThe women are at the supermarket, bus stop, mall, restaurant, theatre, university. 2nd patternAt+addressShe lives at 3575 North 52nd Street, apartment 10 © 2012 Godot Media
  4. 4.  3rd PatternAt+the+place within another placeHe was waiting in the room at the doorHe likes to sit in his apartment at the windows facing the park.…..at the counter, desk, table‘At’ indicates a place of attendance 1st PatternBe+at+place or meal of regular attendanceThe children are at school © 2012 Godot Media
  5. 5.  We arent allowed to watch television when we are at dinner.………at church, class, home, practice, breakfast, lunch, dinner2nd PatternBe+at+noun of eventThey are at the movies….at a concert, celebration, party, wedding, reunion, game, lecture, function. © 2012 Godot Media
  6. 6. Between and And When indicating time period, in terms of hours, days, years or centuries, we tend to use ‘between and to’. This is incorrect, ‘between and and’ is the correct usage.Incorrect: The meeting will take place between 2 to 5 p.mCorrect: The meeting will take place between 2 and 5 p.mIncorrect: The interviews will be held between 15th September to 30th September.Correct: The interviews will be held between 15th September and 30th September. © 2012 Godot Media
  7. 7. Omission of Prepositions We tend to leave out prepositions where they are necessary, and as a result, the sentence becomes incorrect and meaningless. In the examples, the words in brackets are often omitted, which they shouldn’t be.E.g.: I disposed (of) my old furniture.We have two hands to work (with).He asked me (for) a favor.I objected (to) his smoking in the room © 2012 Godot Media
  8. 8. Unnecessary Use of Prepositions It is also wrong to use a preposition when it is unnecessary. The prepositions highlighted in bold are redundant and should be avoided.Eg: I ordered for ten copies of the bookHe violated against the law of the state.The committee investigated into the politician’s assassination.The CEO entered into the boardroomPlease sign on this bond.Can you explain about how the blog is written? © 2012 Godot Media
  9. 9. Ending sentences with prepositions To avoid awkward sentence structure, we should avoid ending sentences with prepositionsAcceptable: This is the table I’m planning to put the laptop onBetter: This is the table on which I’m planning to put the laptopAcceptable: We received everything we asked for.Better: We received everything we requested.Acceptable: Whom should I give the parcel to?Better: To whom should I give the parcel? © 2012 Godot Media
  10. 10.  But in these instances, the use of prepositions is mandatory for the sentence to make complete sense, and be grammatically correct. (These sentences also do not sound awkward)E.g.: The watchman seemed to know what the sign stood for.The customer invariably gets what he pays for. © 2012 Godot Media
  11. 11. Bibliography The Most Common Mistakes in English Usage, Thomas Elliott Berry, Mc-Graw Hill The Ins and Outs of Prepositions, Jean Yates © 2012 Godot Media

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