single and multi word prepositions

Prepositions can be used as single-words or as a group of words.

The most common single-word prepositions are:

  • about

Do you know anything about Mike?

  • above

She rented a flat above the market. 

  • after

Let’s go to the cinema after work.

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We all get confused when we think about prepositions. This lesson will help you to understand the difference between prepositions and adverbs.

A preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns or phrases to other words within a sentence.

An adverb is a word that describes a verb and it is usually used for places, time, circumstance, manner, cause and so on.

IMPORTANT: The most important thing we have to remember is that a preposition requires an object, while an adverb does not.

There are several words that are either prepositions or adverbs:

Prepositions or conjunctions

As we already know, a preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns or phrases to other words within a sentence. Prepositions are words like: about, at, in, on, for, from, opposite etc. that can appear as single-words or pair of words and they express time, place, movement.

Conjunctions are also connecting words, but they can do much more than a preposition because they can connect verbs together and even more, they can connect two sentences together.

There are three types of conjunctions:

  • coordinating conjunctions: for, and, but, or, yet, so.

Cursuri de limba engleza

A. Defining relative clauses

Defining relative clauses are used to give information about someone or something (a noun) – information is essential to understand what or who is being referred to.
The noun + relative pronoun + the defining relative clause.

The relative pronouns are: who, that, which, whose, whom.
They introduce a defining relative clause this way:

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