Grammar Tips & Articles »

Prepositions - Words That Glue

This article is about Prepositions - Words That Glue — enjoy your reading!

1:37 min read
  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips
Font size:

Now let’s explore a very important part of speech, the preposition. This little word helps us hook nouns onto sentences. When we do, we form prepositional phrases. When you complete this section, you might decide that a preposition is a good word to end a sentence with. And you might not.

When we studied nouns, we saw their need for quite a bit of help when they want to jump up on the back of a sentence and stay there. Verbs serve as one source of glue helping nouns stick to sentences. Verbs will stick nouns acting as subjects, direct objects, indirect objects, complements, and verbal objects.

The other big dab of glue sticking nouns to sentences is the preposition. Fact is, noun-sticking is the preposition’s main reason for being.

So one day in Amber and Igor’s cave, Igor was trying to construct a sentence:

I want to put the urn . . . table.

He looked at the urn and then at the table and figured he would put the urn on the table. Then he tried to put it under the table, next to the table, above the table, away from the table. He found he could put the urn all over the place in relation to the table, and the words he invented to describe those relationships he promptly dubbed:


After all, what else could he call them?

Thus, to stick the noun urn on the back of the sentence, Igor needed a preposition to pull it off. As the language of the tribe grew, so did the list of prepositions, which enabled speakers, and later writers, to express a wide array of relationships between the noun (or pronoun) stuck to the sentence and the sentence itself.

Amber, Igor, Miss Hamrick, and the Preposition Committee actually devised three types of prepositions:

1. simple prepositions 2. marginal prepositions 3. compound prepositions


Previous: Prepositions - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

Next: 1. Simple Prepositions

Rate this article:

Have a discussion about this article with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


    "Prepositions - Words That Glue." STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 23 Jun 2024. <>.

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!


    Free Writing Tool:

    Grammar Checker

    Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!


    Are you a grammar master?

    Identify the sentence with correct use of the comparative adverbs:
    A They finished the race sooner than us.
    B She dances more gracefully than anyone in the class.
    C She sings more beautifully than him.
    D He runs quickly than the other athletes.

    Improve your writing now:

    Download Grammar eBooks

    It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.