|IN||In April, in 2017, in evening, in the 5th week of April, in spring, in the 21st century|
|ON||On Sunday, on 21st November, on Gandhi Jayanti,|
|AT||At 3 O’ clock, at sunrise, at the moment.|
|IN||In hall, in dining room, in the box, in the library, in Africa.|
|ON||On the table, on the box, on the wall, on the map, on the roof.|
|AT||At the bus stop, at the entrance, at the bottom of the glass.|
Words having two prepositions are double preposition. Example: into, outside of, onto, from behind, from beneath.
Prepositions and Adverbs:
There are some prepositions which can be used as adverbs too. If the word is being used as a preposition, then it will have a noun or a pronoun as its subject. An adverb does not have any subject. Following are some illustrated examples.
The most Common Prepositions:
|A||about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at|
|B||before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, but, by|
|D||despite, down, during|
|I||in, inside, into|
|O||of, off, on, onto, out, outside, over|
|T||through, throughout, toward, to|
|U||under, until, up, upon, underneath|
|W||with, within, without|
Rule 2A. The preposition “like” means ‘similar to’ or ‘similarly’. It should be followed by an object of the noun, pronoun or noun phrase. But it should not be followed by subject and verb.
(When a verb is involved, avoid using like)
Correct– She looks like her mother. (Meaning she looks similar to her. Mother is the object, like is the preposition)
Incorrect– She looks like her mother does. (Avoid using like with noun and verb)
Rule 2B. Use as, as if, as though, or the way instead of like when comparing a subject and a verb.
You look the way your father does
Do like your teacher asked.
Do as your teacher asked.
They are considered to be like any other Hindi words.
I, as most people do, try to use good grammar.
Rule 3. Avoid using preposition ‘of’ in place of the word ‘have’, which is a helping verb.
Example– We should have done it.
Rule 4. It is better to use ‘different’ after preposition ‘from’. Many experts avoid using different than. For example- You’re different than I am. But the better sentence is, You’re different from me.
Rule 5. Use ‘into’ rather than ‘in’ to express motion toward something. Use ‘in’ to tell the location. For example–
I swam in the pool.
I walked into the house.
I dived into the water.