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Investigate Prepositions 2

In this worksheet, students classify prepositions according to their type.

'Investigate Prepositions 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Conjunctions, Adverbs and Prepositions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Prepositions are words or phrases that give information about where, when or how something takes place. They can be split into different groups.

 

1) Prepositions of time, such as at, during, before, after.

I washed my hands before lunch.  

He went to sleep during the film.

 

2) Prepositions of position, such as on, by, in front of, behind, next to.

The cat sat underneath the table.

The picture hung on the wall.

 

3) Preposition of direction, such as towards, away from, over, under, around.

The bird flew over the rooftops.

The car accelerated towards the onlookers. 

 

There are other types as well, giving information about how something is done, or who it is done with.

We went by car.

I went with my brother.

 

Some words can act as more than one type of preposition.

Jamie lives in London. (position)

My birthday is in May. (time)

 

The book is on the table. (position)

My party is on Wednesday. (time)

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We are moving house after Christmas.

time

position

direction

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The train hooted as it raced through the tunnel.

time

position

direction

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

They had their picnic beside the lake.

time

position

direction

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The presents were piled up under the tree.

 

Christmas tree

time

position

direction

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The ball flew towards the goal.

football

time

position

direction

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We have had our puppy since November.

Puppy

time

position

direction

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

English is spoken ________ the UK.

Kim doesn't like the dark so she keeps a light on ________ the night.

within

throughout

during

over

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

We should manage the journey ________ three hours.

Medieval castles were usually built ________ a moat.

on

across

by

within

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?


I expect that the play will finish ________ half past nine and ten o'clock.

They pitched their tent ________ two trees.

by

between

among

under

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

My parcel took ________ a week to arrive although I sent it first class.

Joe's painting looks lovely hanging ________ the fireplace.

towards

between

past

over

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We are moving house after Christmas.

CORRECT ANSWER
time
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'after' is being used to indicate the time they are moving house.
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The train hooted as it raced through the tunnel.

CORRECT ANSWER
direction
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'through' tells us about the direction of the train.
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

They had their picnic beside the lake.

CORRECT ANSWER
position
EDDIE SAYS
'Beside' the lake, tells us about the position of the picnic. I bet they have a lovely view too!
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The presents were piled up under the tree.

 

Christmas tree

CORRECT ANSWER
position
EDDIE SAYS
'Under' is the preposition used here, it tells us more about the position of the presents.
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

The ball flew towards the goal.

football

CORRECT ANSWER
direction
EDDIE SAYS
I wonder if they scored? The preposition 'towards' tells us about the direction of the ball.
  • Question 6

Read the following sentence and decide if it contains a preposition of time, position or direction.

 

We have had our puppy since November.

Puppy

CORRECT ANSWER
time
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'since' tells us the amount of time they have had the puppy.
  • Question 7

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

English is spoken ________ the UK.

Kim doesn't like the dark so she keeps a light on ________ the night.

CORRECT ANSWER
throughout
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The preposition 'throughout' makes sense in both of these sentences. Did you find another that would make sense in just the last sentence?
  • Question 8

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

We should manage the journey ________ three hours.

Medieval castles were usually built ________ a moat.

CORRECT ANSWER
within
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'within' completes both of these sentences. Keep up the hard work!
  • Question 9

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?


I expect that the play will finish ________ half past nine and ten o'clock.

They pitched their tent ________ two trees.

CORRECT ANSWER
between
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'between' works in both of these sentences. Did you spot that all four options would fit into the last sentence? They all indicate a position for the tent!
  • Question 10

Which of these four prepositions can be used to complete both of the sentences?

 

My parcel took ________ a week to arrive although I sent it first class.

Joe's painting looks lovely hanging ________ the fireplace.

CORRECT ANSWER
over
EDDIE SAYS
The preposition 'over' fits into both of these sentences. 'Over' is used in the first sentence to indicate a period of time, in the second sentence 'over' is used to indicate the position of the painting.
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