Grammar Lesson: The Preposition: The Sixth Part of Speech

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 10, 2010

The preposition, the sixth part of speech, is a word that shows the relationship between a noun (or a pronoun) and another word in the sentence.

    Mollie walked into her aunt's house. (Into connects walked and house.)
    My mom exercises quietly in the morning. (In connects the idea of exercises and morning.)
    The professor placed the book underneath the large desk. (Underneath connects the idea of placed and desk.)

Note: To remember many of the one-word prepositions listed in the following box, remember the sentence, "The plane flew ______ the clouds." Any word that can be logically placed into that blank is a preposition. Then simply memorize those few that do not work in that sentence (aboard, as, but, concerning, despite, during, except, like, of, out, since, till, until, with, and without), and you will know your prepositions!

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