Prepositions tell us where something is in place and in time.
Prepositions of Time
Here are some prepositions of time:
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.
Prepositions of Place
Look at the picture below.
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:
|in front of
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.
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.
In this activity, you'll be on the hunt for prepositions and prepositional phrases. Good luck.