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Prepositions are words that modify a noun or pronoun by describing a relationship between it and the remainder of the sentence. Prepositions describe two primary types of relationships: place and time. The noun or pronoun that the preposition points to is called the object of the preposition. In the sentences below, the preposition is in bold, and the object of the preposition is underlined.

  • The cat was hiding under the chair. (describes a place: under the chair)
  • Please place the vase on the table. (describes a place: on the table)
  • We only owned that car for a month. (describes a length of time: for a month)

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