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Revise the Use of Prepositions in Sentences

In this worksheet, students revise how to identify different types of preposition and change the position of prepositional phrases within sentences.

'Revise the Use of Prepositions in Sentences' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:  Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

Difficulty level:  

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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.

Identify the preposition in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Jamie rode his bike along the footpath.

Identify the preposition in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Amina ran through the woods.

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

 

Sarah sat down beside Kara and offered her some sweets.

time

position

direction

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

 

Sam kicked the ball towards the net.

time

position

direction

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

 

James fell asleep during the car journey.

time

position

direction

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

 

Charlie hid behind the curtains when his auntie came to visit.

time

position

direction

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

Jamie lives in London. (position)

My birthday is in May. (time)

 

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

 

There will be snow __________ Britain overnight.

The puppy howled __________ the night.

over

during

throughout

within

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

 

We should be home __________ ten o'clock.

They had their picnic __________ the lake.

within

by

before

on

A preposition followed by a noun or a noun phrase is called a prepositional phrase.

There was a boathouse next to the river.

The balloon rose into the sky, catching the sunlight as it went.

 

Sometimes writers move prepositional phrases to the beginning of a sentence for effect.

Next to the river there was a boathouse.

Into the sky the balloon rose, catching the sunlight as it went.

 

Write out the following sentence again, moving the prepositional phrase to the beginning.

 

There was a secret tunnel at the bottom of the garden.

Write out the following sentence again, moving the prepositional phrase to the beginning.

 

The audience rose to their feet with a roar of applause.

  • Question 1

Identify the preposition in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Jamie rode his bike along the footpath.

CORRECT ANSWER
along
  • Question 2

Identify the preposition in the following sentence and write it in the answer box.

 

Amina ran through the woods.

CORRECT ANSWER
through
  • Question 3

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

 

Sarah sat down beside Kara and offered her some sweets.

CORRECT ANSWER
position
EDDIE SAYS
'Beside' is a preposition of position.
  • Question 4

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

 

Sam kicked the ball towards the net.

CORRECT ANSWER
direction
EDDIE SAYS
'Towards' is a preposition of direction.
  • Question 5

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

 

James fell asleep during the car journey.

CORRECT ANSWER
time
EDDIE SAYS
'During' is a preposition of time.
  • Question 6

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

 

Charlie hid behind the curtains when his auntie came to visit.

CORRECT ANSWER
position
EDDIE SAYS
'Behind' is a preposition of position.
  • Question 7

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

Jamie lives in London. (position)

My birthday is in May. (time)

 

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

 

There will be snow __________ Britain overnight.

The puppy howled __________ the night.

CORRECT ANSWER
throughout
  • Question 8

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

 

We should be home __________ ten o'clock.

They had their picnic __________ the lake.

CORRECT ANSWER
by
  • Question 9

A preposition followed by a noun or a noun phrase is called a prepositional phrase.

There was a boathouse next to the river.

The balloon rose into the sky, catching the sunlight as it went.

 

Sometimes writers move prepositional phrases to the beginning of a sentence for effect.

Next to the river there was a boathouse.

Into the sky the balloon rose, catching the sunlight as it went.

 

Write out the following sentence again, moving the prepositional phrase to the beginning.

 

There was a secret tunnel at the bottom of the garden.

CORRECT ANSWER
At the bottom of the garden there was a secret tunnel.
  • Question 10

Write out the following sentence again, moving the prepositional phrase to the beginning.

 

The audience rose to their feet with a roar of applause.

CORRECT ANSWER
With a roar of applause the audience rose to their feet.
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