Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 08, 2017 Views: 293
A preposition is a grammatical term for a word that shows a relationship between items in a sentence, usually indicating direction, time, place, position, or exclusion.
Commonly used prepositions are in, on, of, to, from, at, and with, though there are multiple other prepositions in the English language.
Prepositions connect words together into what is called a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase always has a noun (person, place, thing, or idea) after the preposition. Here are a few examples of prepositional phrases italicized below:
Example: The researcher went into the school to perform the research.
Example: He always sits at the corner booth.
Example: She is from Norway, and came with her family to the United States. (Here you can see that there are three prepositional phrases in one sentence.)
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