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Prepositions for Time, Place, and Introducing Objects
Summary: This section deals with prepositions and their standard uses.
Contributors:Chris Berry, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli
Last Edited: 2011-03-23 03:07:43
One point in time
On is used with days: * I will see you on Monday. * The week begins on Sunday.
At is used with noon, night, midnight, and with the time of day: * My plane leaves at noon. * The movie starts at 6 p.m.
In is used with other parts of the day, with months, with years, with seasons: * He likes to read in the afternoon. * The days are long in August. * The book was published in 1999. * The flowers will bloom in spring.
Extended time
To express extended time, English uses the following prepositions: since, for, by, from—to, from-until, during,(with)in * She has been gone since yesterday. (She left yesterday and has not returned.) * I'm going to Paris for two weeks. (I will spend two weeks there.) * The movie showed from August to October. (Beginning in August and ending in October.) * The decorations were up from spring until fall. (Beginning in spring and ending in fall.) * I watch TV during the evening. (For some period of time in the evening.) * We must finish the project within a year. (No longer than a year.)
To express notions of place, English uses the following prepositions: to talk about the point itself: in, to express something contained: inside, to talk about the surface: on, to talk about a general vicinity, at. * There is a wasp in the room. * Put the present inside the box. * I left your keys on the table. * She was waiting at the corner.
Higher than a point
To express notions of an object being higher than a point, English uses the following prepositions: over, above. * He threw the ball over the roof. * Hang that picture above…...

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