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Section 11.6

Prepositions

Prepositions show the relations between nouns or verbs and other words or phrases in the sentence; they often express locationsin space or time. Some common prepositions are about, above, across, after,against, along, among, around, as, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside,between, beyond, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, like,near, of, off, on, onto, out, outside, over, past, regarding, since, through,throughout, till, toward, under, until, up, upon, with, within, andwithout.


Astrophysicists of the early 20th century, not knowingabout nuclear processes, computed that a sun poweredby chemical burning or gravitational shrinking could shineonly for a few million years.

--"The Earth's Elements," Scientific American


Be careful to choose the preposition that reflects your intended meaning.

Some words or idioms specify exactly which preposition is preferred with the wordor idiom. With these words or phrases, use the preposition that goes with theword, regardless of the usual meaning of the preposition.

In general, do not capitalize prepositions used in titles. See Capitalization.

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