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Common feedback comments and what they mean: Using Prepositions

This guide lists some common feedback comments and explains what they mean.

Using Prepositions

Using Prepositions

What is a preposition?

  A preposition indicates the position of a thing or action. Prepositions are usually used in front of nouns or pronouns and they   show the relationship between the noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence.

Examples

The book is on the table.

The book is beside the table.

The book is under the table.

Common prepositions:

    Of, in, to, for, with, on, at, from, by, about, as, into, like, through, after, over, between, out, against, during, without, before, under, around, among.

Example of incorrect use of preposition.

Example: Arthur Philip eventually sent his Marines, who did not comply with his orders, back to England and replaced them by the New South Wales corps.

Problem: The preposition ‘by’ is incorrect, causing confusion in meaning.

Correct: Arthur Philip eventually sent his Marines, who did not comply with his orders, back to England and replaced them with the New South Wales corps.

 

 

 

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