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Now we are at the next topic in the series of English Vinglish – Prepositions.
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A preposition is a word or set of words that indicate the location (in, near, on top of) or any other relationship between a noun or pronoun and any other part of the sentence (about, after, besides, in accordance with). Prepositions usually tell us where one noun is in relation to another but they can also indicate more abstract ideas, such as purpose or contrast (e.g., We went for a walk despite the rain).
Types of Prepositions
Prepositions can be used to describe any of the following – direction, time, location, and spatial relationships, as well as other abstract types of relationships.
Direction: Look to the right and you’ll see our home.
Time: We’ve been roaming since this morning.
Location: We saw a movie at Rohit’s house.
Space: The dog hid behind the sofa.
Well, when it comes to figuring out a formula for the usage of the preposition in a sentence. You will have a bit of hard luck, for there is no reliable formula for determining which preposition to use with a particular combination of words. The best way to learn which prepositions go with which words is to read as articles from trusted sources as you can and pay attention to which combinations sound right. and if you ask why is that? Because as one preposition may correspond to several different prepositions in English.
For Example –
I got married at noon
I got married in the evening
I got married on Sunday
I got married in April
I got married in 2014
I got married at New Year
Now coming on to the most important topic that is the rules for the Prepositions:
The Prepositions are preferred to be used before its noun or pronoun, but not always. This clarifies one of the greatest myths about the prepositions that you may not end a sentence with a preposition. Use just need to take care to avoid the over usage of the prepositions, if the meaning is clear even without their usage you don’t need to stress over them.
For Example –
There’s no one else to hide behind.
Where did he come from?
This is something I cannot agree with.
Where did she go?
Some sentences avoid using prepositions after certain verbs when the verb is used in the active voice.