NoteThis post covers prepositions and their usage, very useful for different exams such as TET/TGT, IBPS PO, Clerk, SSC CGL, SBI PO, NIACL Assistant, NICL AO, IBPS RRB, Railways etc.
  • A preposition is a word that links a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to some other part of the sentence.
  • A preposition is used to show direction, location, or time, or to introduce an object.
  • Some words can be used either as prepositions or as adverbs. If the word is followed by a noun or a pronoun, it is a preposition.
Prepositions of PlaceSome prepositions show where something happens. They are called
prepositions of place.
Sonu was sitting under a tree.
I have a friend who lives in Noida.
Prepositions of TimeSome prepositions show when something happens. They are called prepositions of time.School starts at nine o’clock.
We’re going to the zoo on Saturday.
You must finish the work by Friday.
Prepositions of DirectionSome prepositions show where something is going. They are called prepositions of direction.We were travelling towards Lonavala.
The football rolled down the hill.
Prepositions with Special UsesMany prepositions are used in other ways. Here are some of them.
of , for , with, except and instead of, like, as and than
Most of the children in my class like school.
We’re going city for a meeting.
Would you like to come with us to the mall?
I like all kinds of food except pizza.

Here are a few common prepositions and examples.

on Used to express a surface of something The paper is on my desk
onUsed to specify days and dates I was born on the 31st day of July in 1978
onUsed to indicate a device or machine He is on the phone right now
onUsed to indicate a part of the body I wear a ring on my finger
onUsed to indicate the state of something Everything in this store is on sale
atUsed to point out specific time I will meet you at 6 p.m.
atUsed to indicate a place There is a party at the club house
atUsed to indicate an email address Please email me at
atUsed to indicate an activity I am good at drawing a portrait
inUsed for unspecific times during a day, month, season, year He always reads newspapers in the morning
inUsed to indicate a location or place I am currently staying in a hotel
inUsed to indicate a shape, color, or size This jeans comes in four different sizes
inUsed to express while doing something A tagline needs to be impressive in marketing a product
inUsed to indicate a belief, opinion, interest, or feeling We are not interested in gambling

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