Usage of Prepositions
Usage of Prepositions

Prepositions and their usage with examples in English grammar

Learning usage of prepositions has always been an uncertain task due to its vague perspective especially for non-native English learners when one preposition can have more than one meaning. This uncertainty is due to no specific rule in English grammar for usage of prepositions. Due to this, most learners find its usage cumbersome and commit mistakes while using them. While the correct usage has always helped in an adept grammar and language skills, incorrect usage of it has had exacerbated band scores of most of non-native IELTS candidates. Meticulous usage of prepositions directly improves the quality of your English writing skill and learning its correct usage is directly accountable for mitigating this problem.

This article will showcase the aspect of using prepositions in your writing and helping you to revive from the prospects of its incorrect usage. Without wasting much time let us see what are the correct ways to use prepositions.

1. Usage of preposition For

For usually tells us about the use of something, a reason or purpose. Basically, usage of the preposition ‘For’ and ‘To’ is often confusing in a sentence.

a. Used to indicate the use of something in sentences.

1. We need new batteries for the remote control.
2. This place is for exhibitions and shows.
3. I baked a cake for your birthday.
4. I put a note on the door for privacy.
5. She has been studying hard for the final exam.

b. Used to mean because of/reason in sentences.

1. These drinks are for after work.
2. We use it for cutting grass.
3. I am so happy for you.
4. We feel deeply sorry for your loss.
5. For this reason, I’ve decided to quit this job.

c. Used to indicate time or duration in sentences.

1. He’s been famous for many decades.
2. I attended the university for one year only.
3. This is all I have for today.

2. Usage of the preposition ‘To’ in sentences.

The preposition ‘To’ is used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward, or the direction of something. It usually shows the direction of something; moving towards. It is also used to indicate a limit or an ending point. While sometimes it is used to show the relationship.

a. Used to Direct/indicate the place, person or thing in sentences.

1. We’re going to Malta next week.
2. Where are you going to buy your new shoes?
3. I am heading to the entrance of the building.
4. The package was mailed to Mr. Kim yesterday.
5. All of us went to the movie theater.
6. Please send it back to me.

b. Used to indicate a limit or an ending point in sentences.

1. We ran to the end of the street.
2. The snow was piled up to the roof.
3. The stock prices rose up to 100 dollars.

c. Used to indicate the relationship in sentences.

1. This letter is very important to your admission.
2. My answer to your question is in this envelop.
3. Do not respond to every little thing in your life.

d. Used to indicate a time or a period in sentences.

1. I work nine to six, Monday to Friday.
2. It is now 10 to five. (In other words, it is 4:50.)

3. Usage of Preposition ‘Of’ in sentences.

The preposition ‘Of’ usually used for belonging to, relating to, or connected with. Let us learn it by examples.

a. Usage of the preposition ‘Of’ when belonging to in sentences.

1. Is she a friend of yours?
2. This is a photo of my wife.
3. A glass of wine.
4. The secret of this game is that you can’t ever win.
5. The highlight of the show is at the end.
6. The first page of the book describes the author’s profile.
7. Don’t touch it. That’s the bag of my friend’s sister.
8. I always dreamed of being rich and famous.

b. Used to indicate reference in sentences.

1. I got married in the summer of 2000.
2. This is a picture of my family.
3. I got a discount of 10 percent on the purchase.

c. Used to indicate an amount or number in sentences.

1. I drank three cups of milk.
2. A large number of people gathered to protest.
3. I had only four hours of sleep during the last two days.
4. He got a perfect score of 5 on his writing assignment.

4. Usage of the preposition ‘In’ in sentences.

We use the preposition ‘In’ for the time duration which may be in months, years, seasons and parts of the day.

1. I love traveling in summer.
2. I was born in 1981.
3. I drink coffee in the morning.

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