The word 'preposition' means place before – pre-position. Prepositions are commonly used to show a relationship in space or time or a logical relationship between two or more people, places or things. Prepositions are most commonly followed by a noun, pronoun, pronoun or gerund (italicised):

  • The last time I saw him he was walking down the road.
  • I’ll meet you in the cafe opposite the cinema.
  • It was difficult to sleep during the flight.
  • It was the worst storm since the 1980s.
  • Give that to me.

Teaching strategies for propositions

Stage 3 – identifying and using prepositions

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