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Prepositions of Time, Place and Movement

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Prepositions show us a noun's relationship to another word in the sentence. Prepositions usually come before nouns.

Many prepositions are confusing because it is hard to define what they mean on their own and many have similar meanings. Although prepositions are simple for native-speakers to learn, they are usually difficult for English learners.

Prepositions are often used to give us more information about time, place and movement.

Time Prepositions

I always wake up at 7 o'clock.
Let's meet on Saturday
She goes to the gym in the evening
I have lived here since I was 15.
You will have to wait for 10 minutes

Place Prepositions

Your shoes are under the table
We hung the painting on the all
The bike is in the garden
She is waiting at the bus stop

Movement Prepositions

I am going to the cinema after work
Are you going to bed?
We can drive through the tunnel

Now choose the correct preposition in each sentence:

  • Stay ___ the dog. It bites.

  • Please get ___ the stage, the performance is about to start.

  • Quick! Get the ball before it rolls ___ the hill.

  • What do you like to do ___ the weekend?

  • I haven't seen her ___ June.

  • We will next meet ___ the middle of next month.

  • Her birthday is __ 6th June.

  • He was born ___ a farm.

  • Do you come ___ London?

  • We sailed the boat ___ the river.