English grammar

Homeschool Grammar:

Adverbs and Prepositions? Oh, my!

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Question: I was wondering what the difference between adverbs and prepositions are?

Also, what are prepositions?

My Answer: Thank you for writing me. A preposition is a word that shows the relationship of a noun to the rest of the sentence. That is the formal definition which sounds confusing.

But look at this example:

The dog ran across the street.

"Across" is the proposition; it shows how "street" is linked to the other parts of the sentence. Other propositions include "through, under, at, near." There are about 30 common prepositions. It helps to actually memorize them.

Prepositions are easily confused with adverbs. Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.

The dog ran quickly.

"Quickly" is the adverb; it tells how the dog ran.

*A trick to tell the difference between a preposition and an adverb is to remember that the preposition is always followed by its partner noun. Please notice that an adjective or two may immediately follow the preposition and come before noun. That does not alter the rule.

The dog ran across the busy street.

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Moms, be sure to check my website under "worksheets" for more practice. Begin with prepositions and adverbs , continue as needed.

Learning English grammar can be daunting. But with just a little practice and growing confidence, the study of our language becomes a delight!

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