Prepositions

  PREPOSITIONS
These little words describe relationships
between people, things or ideas.

Here is a list of some of the most common prepositions:
aboard
about
above
across
after
against
along
amid
among
around
as
at

before
behind
below
beneath
beside
besides
between
beyond
but
by

down
during

except
excluding

following
for
from

in
inside
into

near

of
off
on
onto
opposite
outside
over

past

regarding

since

than
through
to
toward
towards

under
underneath
unlike
until
up
upon

with
within
without

Prepositions by Patricia

Ex: The whales are swimming below the ship.
Below the ship, the whales are swimming.
Below the ship are the swimming whales.

The waves are pounding against the ship.
Against the ship, the waves are pounding.
Against the ship are the pounding waves.

1. Crabs are spilling aboard the ship.
Aboard the ship, crabs are spilling.
Aboard the ship are spilling crabs.

2. Sea gulls are flying above our heads.
Above our heads, sea gulls are flying.
Above our heads are flying sea gulls

3. Marbles are rolling across the floor.
Across the floor, marbles are rolling.
Across the floor are rolling marbles.

4. Dogs are chasing after squirrels.
After squirrels, dogs are chasing.
After squirrels are chasing dogs.

5. Olivia is walking along the path.
Along the path, Olivia is walking.
Along the path is walking Olivia

6. Kids are running around in circles.
Around in circles, kids are running.
Around in circles are running kids.

7. Denver bowed before the queen.
Before the queen, Denver bowed.
Before the queen bowed Denver.

8. Paige is gossiping behind Leah’s back.
Behind Leah’s back, Paige is gossiping.
Behind Leah’s back is gossiping Paige.

9. Rats are scurrying beneath the floor.
Beneath the floor, rats are scurrying.
Beneath the floor are scurrying rats.

10. Keith is sitting beside Will.
Beside Will, Keith is sitting.
Beside Will is sitting Keith.

Prepositions: A Cloze Sheet

    _________ Monday, the weather was beautiful. The sun shone.  _________ the garden, flowers bloomed. _________ the ground, worms dug tunnels, and _________head, birds soared.

over     under     on     in

    _________ Tuesday, I had fun at school.  _________ recess, we played math games. _________ lunch, we did science experiments. _________  P.E., we played volleyball.  _________ Art, we painted pictures.  _________ , it was a great day!

overall     in        in     before      after     on

    _________ Wednesday, it rained.  _________ school, I got wet walking. _________ lunch, I got wet outside. _________ school, I got wet walking home. Fortunately, I’m washable!

after     at     before    on

Now write your own paragraph with prepositions.

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Prepositions: A Cloze Story

A. Fill in the blanks using prepositions that make sense. Notice that some prepositions are already filled in for you.

        The day Shiloh come, we’re having us a big Sunday dinner. Dara Lynn’s dipping bread ________ her glass of cold tea, the way she likes, and Becky pushes her beans up  ________ the edge of her plate  ________ her rush to get ‘em down.

    Ma gives us her scolding look. “Just once  ________ my life,” she says, “I’d like to see a bite of food go direct  ________  the dish  ________ somebody’s mouth without a detour of any kind.”

    She’s looking   ________  me when she says it, though. It isn’t that I don’t like fried rabbit. Like it fine. I just don’t want to bite down   ________  buckshot, is all, and I’m checking each piece.

    “I looked that rabbit over good, Marty, and you won’t find any buckshot   ________ that thigh,” Dad says, buttering his bread. “I shot him   ________  the neck.”

    Somehow I wish he hadn’t said that. I push the meat from one side  ________  my plate to the other, through the sweet potatoes and back again.

    “Did it die right off?” I ask, knowing I can’t eat at all unless it had.

From Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Dell, 1991, p. 1).

B. Find a book and copy some sentences.  Underline all the prepositions. Write down the name and author of the book you use.

WRITE AROUND THE PREPOSITIONS
Complete the sentences so that they make sense.
E.g. During the holidays, I went to the beach with my family.
1. During _______________  , _____________ to ________________
with ___________________________
2. During _______________  , _____________ to ________________
with _______________________ .
E.g. In December, I went skiing on Mt. Baker.
3. In ________________ , _________________ on ______________ .
4.  In ________________ , _________________ on ______________ .
E.g. On Saturday, my friend thanked me for helping her.
5. On _______________ , ___________________ for
________________ .
6. On _______________ , ___________________ for
________________ .
E.g. We went bike riding outside on Sunday in the park.
7. ________________________ outside on ______________ in
____________________ .
8. ________________________ outside on ______________ in
____________________ .

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