Skip to Content

Back to basics with prepositions

Prepositions are words that indicate some kind of relationship between objects. The Writing Centre website has a section on prepositions, but please see below for more information regarding the four types of prepositions:

1. Time, place, and to introduce objects of verbs 

There is an extensive list of prepositions in this category, but some examples are in, on, near, at, over, among, and for.

Examples:

  • I'll meet you at four o'clock (time).
  • The hat is on the shelf (place).
  • She is looking for her dog (introducing object of verb).

For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions for time, place, and introducing objects". 
 
2. Direction

Prepositions of direction express a movement toward something and appear with verbs of motion: to, onto, into.

Examples:

  • Please give the paper to me.
  • The rain dripped into my eyes.

For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of direction". 

3. Location

Prepositions of location help to describe states of being or location: at, on, in.

Examples:

  • I'll meet you at the house.
  • Let's jump in the pool.

For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of location".

4. Spatial relationships

These prepositions help to explain where one object is in relation to another object,such as inside, beside, above, across.

Examples:

  • May I sit beside you?
  • Please put the gift inside the box. 

For more information, please see the OWL at Purdue's "Prepositions of spatial relationships".

If you have questions about prepositions or any other writing-related matter, please contact the Writing Centre.

Theresa Bell
Writing centre coordinator 

Sitemap | Privacy Statement | Copyright Statement | Academic Regulations & Policies | Computer Services
©1997-2018 Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V9B 5Y2
Phone: 250-391-2511, Toll-free 1-800-788-8028
Email: info@royalroads.ca