We have explained the definition of preposition, two kinds of preposition, and some important examples of preposition in the previous parts of preposition quiz.
In this part, we will explain some other important and useful prepositions in which we often make errors.
In this quiz, we will cover By, With; After, In(in relation to time); For, From, Since; Over, Above; At, Towards; At, In, On; Below, Beneath; In, Into, To; Till, By, Of, Off; Across, Along, Through; About, On; On.
By denotes the agent or doer, With denotes the instrument with which anything is done.
By is also used in future tense to express the time limit (not later than).
After means the end of a period of time in the past, in means at the end of a period of time in future.
For, From, Since
For is used before a noun denoting a period of time with all the tenses.
Since is used before a noun or phrase denoting some point of time and is always preceded by a verb in the perfect continous tense or third form of a verb.
From is generally followed by to or till.
Over is used in the sense of above, beyond, superiority and conclusion.
Above is used in the sense of higher than, more than, greater importance or quality, too honourable or too important to engage in bad activities.
At denotes the idea of aim.
Towards denotes the idea of destination/direction.
At, In, On
At is used with small towns and villages and before a noun denoting a definite point of time.
In is used with the names of big cities, provinces and countries and before the names of months and years.
On is used with dates and names of days.
Below means of lower level in position, dignity and expectation etc. beneath means under.
In, Into, To
In expresses rest or motion inside anyhting.
Into expresses motion towards the inside of anything or change from one medium to another.
To denotes motion from one place to another.
Till, By, Of, Off
Till means upto or not earlier than.
By means not later than.
Of shows cause, source, separation, quality, contents, possession, apposition, point of reference, space in time, etc.
Off shows separation at a near distance, and detached condition.
Across, Along, Through
Across means from one side to the other side of something, on or to the other side of something.
Note: we use over rather than across when we talk about reaching the other side of something, which is higher than it is wide.
Example : She jumped over the wall.
Along means from one end towards the other. It also means close to or parallel with.
Through refers to movement in a three dimensional space, with things all around. It often suggests movement from one side or end of the space to the other.
We can use about and on to mean concerning or on the subject of.
We use about, not on, after the verbs argue, complain, find out, joke, know, protest, quarrel, read, teach (someone), worry, ask, enquire/inquire, learn, think, agree, hear, laugh, care, wonder.
We use on not about, after the verbs comment, concentrate, focus, insist, reflect.
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