Prepositions of Time, Location, Direction, & Spatial Relationship

Prepositional phrases add detail to written and oral communication. Without them, we wouldn’t know when (time) or where (location) events take place.

It would be a challenge for someone to explain how to get from point A to point B (direction).

The people, places, or things that we identify in our conversations would be vague without the detail of what kind or which one that would distinguish them from others (spatial relationships).

Prepositions take their meaning from the phrase or sentence in which they are used.  A single preposition may communicate more than one meaning depending on how it is used.  For example:

“The clock is over the door.”  (In this sentence, over is being used as spatial relationship.)

“The bird flew over the tree.” (In this sentence, over is being used as showing direction, or movement, in space.)

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goconqr.com is a great technology tool where the students can view a mind map of different parts of speech to help them visually learn.

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Click on the image to view prepositions of location using a mindmap.

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Click on the image to view prepositions showing spatial relationships using a mindmap.

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Click on the image to view prepositions showing direction using a mindmap.

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Click on the image to view prepositions of time.

Click on the Google doc to view the categorization of prepositions

Click on the Google Doc to view the categorization of prepositions

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Click on the image to access a real world prepositional phrase project