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Lesson 1B

Prepositions

Prepositions of Time

We use many prepositions to talk about time. These include the prepositions in, at, and on. Read the following chart. Click on the example sentences to listen to them.

Preposition

Used With

Example Sentence

in

months

My birthday is in January.

years

He was born in 1978.

seasons

It snows in winter.

morning

Take your pills in the morning.

afternoon

His class is in the afternoon.

evening

In the evening, we went for a walk.

at

clock times

The movie starts at seven o’clock.

night

It gets colder at night.

on

dates

My birthday is on January 5th.

days

The party is on Saturday.


Prepositions of Place

We use many prepositions to talk about places. These prepositions include under, over, above, below, behind, in front of, on, in, beside, between, around, and through.

Look at the pictures and read the sentences. Click on the sentences to listen to them.

a ball just under a box the ball is further below the box

The ball is under the box.

The ball is below the box.

a ball just over top of a box the ball is further above the box

The ball is over the box.

The ball is above the box.

a ball behind a box the ball is in front of the box

The ball is behind the box.

The ball is in front of the box.

a ball is resting on top of a box the ball is inside the box

The ball is on the box.

The ball is in the box.

a ball is sitting beside a box

The ball is beside the box.

a ball sitting between two boxes

The ball is between the boxes.

a ball near a box with arrows going around the box

The ball is rolling around the box.

a ball near an open box with an arrow going through the box

The ball is rolling through the box.