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Investigate Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

In this worksheet, students will recap the main types of prepositions and look at prepositional phrases.

'Investigate Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Conjunctions, Adverbs and Prepositions

Popular topics:   Preposition worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Prepositions tell us where something is in place and in time.


Prepositions of Time

Here are some prepositions of time: 


until during on
in since at


Can you use a preposition of time to answer this question?


When do you go to sleep?


I go to sleep at seven o’clock

I go to sleep at night.

I go to sleep during the night.


girl asleep


Prepositions of Place

Look at the picture below.


washing line


Where is the teddy?


The teddy is between the socks and the t-shirt.


Between is a preposition of place as it tells us where something is (the teddy) in relation to something else (the washing line).


Here are some other prepositions of place:


through beside across upon
in front of on  next to  behind
in  below between around



Look at the picture again.


Can you use a preposition to say where the shorts are?


You may have come up with:

The shorts are beside the socks

The shorts are next to the socks.

The shorts are on the washing line.


Prepositional Phrases

Prepositions are usually followed by a noun or a noun phrase.


Kate's birthday is in the middle of January.

Josie was hiding behind the curtains.

They travelled by car.




The preposition and the noun phrase together are called the prepositional phrase.


preposition + noun phrase = prepositional phrase


There was a playground next to the school.

The dragon flew over the hills, breathing fire dejectedly.


a dragon


In this activity, you'll be on the hunt for prepositions and prepositional phrases. Good luck.

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