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What is a Preposition? | Comprehension Questions

Practice 1

Instructions. Based on the lesson about prepositions, click the correct answers below.

1. What do you call words in a language that do not have much meaning by themselves but are used to show grammatical relationships?

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Sorry! I’m not even sure what an “alternative word” is...

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Oops! Not really. A phrase is any set of words that work together, but that’s not really what function words are.

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Function words show relationships between ideas, but they often do not mean much by themselves (for example, the word “the”).

2. Prepositions are function words used to connect words and parts of sentences to other words and parts of sentences.

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This is one was of defining what a preposition is.

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This statement is actually true. It is difficult to define exactly what a preposition is, but this statement is a fairly good definition.

3 . Prepositions show only three relationships between ideas: time, space, and duration.

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Actually, prepositions express many types of relationships.

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Prepositions express many different relationships. It depends on what idea it connects to another idea.

4. There are approximately 50 prepositions in English.

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There are approximately 150 prepositions in English.

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There are approximately 150 prepositions in English.

5. In English, prepositions are easy to learn because there is always a logical explanation for which preposition you must use.

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Many prepositions make perfect sense; however, there are many prepositions you use because “that’s just the way it is.”

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Many times, the only explanation for which preposition you must use is that it is part of a construction or expression that you must memorize with the preposition.