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Prepositions are important words. We use them more commonly than any other individual words. Prepositions are words used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence. If you can understand how and when to use prepositions in a sentence, it can significantly improve your communication with others. This method is especially true for children who are first learning their words. Take this quiz and see how much you know about prepositions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I didn't stay up late. I was asleep __ midnight.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      At

    • D.

      By

    Correct Answer
    C. At
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because it is used to indicate a specific point in time, such as midnight in this case. It shows that the speaker was asleep during that particular time.

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  • 2. 

    She met her best friend __ September, 1999 in Seoul.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because the sentence is referring to a specific month and year, which requires the preposition "in" to indicate a period of time.

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  • 3. 

    She met her best friend in September, 1999 __ Seoul.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      In

    Correct Answer
    C. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because when we refer to a specific month and year, we use the preposition "in." In this case, the sentence is stating that she met her best friend during the month of September in the year 1999 in Seoul.

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  • 4. 

    Anita moved of Rome __ 2006.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      On

    Correct Answer
    B. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because when referring to a specific year, we use the preposition "in". Therefore, the sentence should be "Anita moved to Rome in 2006."

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  • 5. 

    The plane finally arrived __ 5:46 pm.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      In

    Correct Answer
    A. At
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because "at" is used to indicate a specific point in time. In this case, it is indicating the specific time of 5:46 pm when the plane finally arrived.

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  • 6. 

    Bob met his future wife __ a bus.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      On

    Correct Answer
    C. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on" because when we talk about meeting someone at a specific mode of transportation, we use the preposition "on." In this case, Bob met his future wife on a bus.

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  • 7. 

    Bob met his future wife __ a taxi.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      On

    • C.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because when we talk about transportation methods like a taxi, we use the preposition "in" to indicate the mode of transportation. So, the sentence should be "Bob met his future wife in a taxi."

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  • 8. 

    __ this moment, Ushbek is studying at Bunker Hill Community College.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      By

    Correct Answer
    B. At
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because it is used to indicate a specific location or point in space. In this case, it is indicating the location where Ushbek is studying, which is Bunker Hill Community College.

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  • 9. 

    At this moment, Ushbek is studying __ Bunker Hill Community College.

    • A.

      From

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      At

    Correct Answer
    D. At
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at" because it is used to indicate a specific location or place where someone is studying. In this case, Ushbek is studying at Bunker Hill Community College.

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  • 10. 

    Don't pay attention __ that fortune-teller. She has no idea about events in the future.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      At

    Correct Answer
    A. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to". In this sentence, "to" is used to indicate the direction of attention or focus. The phrase "Don't pay attention to" means that one should not give importance or listen to something or someone. In this case, the speaker is advising not to pay attention to the fortune-teller because she has no knowledge of future events.

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  • 11. 

    Don't pay attention to that fortune-teller. She has no idea about events __ the future.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      At

    Correct Answer
    B. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because when referring to events in the future, we use the preposition "in". It indicates a general time frame without specifying a specific date or time.

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  • 12. 

    My mother and father don't drive __ the dark, so they stay home __ the night.

    • A.

      In - in

    • B.

      At - at

    • C.

      In - at

    • D.

      At - in

    Correct Answer
    C. In - at
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in - at" because the sentence is referring to a specific time period, which is "the night." "In" is used to indicate a general time period, while "at" is used to indicate a specific point in time. Therefore, "in the night" means during the night as a whole, and "at the night" would imply a specific point in time within the night, which is not the intended meaning in this sentence.

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  • 13. 

    I think that Tom is __ a date with Sally. I think she is separated __ her husband.

    • A.

      On - from

    • B.

      In - from

    • C.

      On - to

    • D.

      In - to

    Correct Answer
    A. On - from
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on - from". The sentence suggests that Tom is going on a date with Sally, and the second part of the sentence implies that Sally is separated from her husband. The preposition "on" is used to indicate a specific day or time when an event is happening, which fits the context of a date. The preposition "from" is used to indicate separation or distance, which matches the situation of Sally being separated from her husband.

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  • 14. 

    That woman is staring __ the man __ the other table.

    • A.

      To - at

    • B.

      At- to

    • C.

      To - on

    • D.

      At - at

    Correct Answer
    D. At - at
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at - at" because the verb "staring" is followed by the preposition "at," indicating the direction of her gaze. Additionally, the phrase "the man" is followed by the preposition "at," indicating the location of the person she is staring at.

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  • 15. 

    __ the summer, my family goes __ beach to swim.

    • A.

      In - to

    • B.

      At - to

    • C.

      In - at

    • D.

      At - at

    Correct Answer
    A. In - to
    Explanation
    In the summer, my family goes to the beach to swim. The word "in" is used to indicate a period of time, such as the summer season. "To" is used to indicate the destination or direction of movement, in this case, going to the beach. Therefore, the correct answer is "in - to".

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  • 16. 

    __ Sunday, Jong goes to the church to pray.

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      By

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      For

    Correct Answer
    C. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on". In this sentence, "on" is used to indicate the specific day of the week (Sunday) when Jong goes to the church to pray.

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  • 17. 

    __ her living room, there is an end table next __ the couch.

    • A.

      In - (-)

    • B.

      In - to

    • C.

      On - to

    • D.

      On - (-)

    Correct Answer
    B. In - to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in - to" because it suggests that the end table is located inside the living room and next to the couch. The preposition "in" indicates a position within a space, while "to" implies proximity or adjacency.

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  • 18. 

    Barbara found her purse under the chair __ the family room.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      In

    Correct Answer
    C. In
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in" because it indicates that Barbara found her purse located inside the family room, specifically under the chair.

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  • 19. 

    The bakery is...

    • A.

      Next to the diner

    • B.

      Next the diner

    Correct Answer
    A. Next to the diner
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "next to the diner." This means that the bakery is located in close proximity to the diner, possibly sharing a wall or being situated right beside it. The phrase "next to" indicates a physical adjacency or close proximity between the two establishments.

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  • 20. 

    The children walked __ the park to get home quickly.

    • A.

      For

    • B.

      Through

    • C.

      By

    Correct Answer
    B. Through
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "through" because it indicates movement from one side to the other, which is appropriate for walking in a park. "For" and "by" do not convey the same sense of movement and are therefore not suitable in this context.

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  • 21. 

    My mother cannot live __ her iPod. She always listens __ music.

    • A.

      With - to

    • B.

      Without - to

    • C.

      Without - (-)

    • D.

      With - (-)

    Correct Answer
    B. Without - to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "without - to" because it correctly completes the sentence. The phrase "cannot live without" means that someone is unable to function or exist without something, in this case, the iPod. The preposition "to" is used after the verb "listen" to indicate the action of listening. Therefore, the sentence means that the mother is unable to live without her iPod and she always listens to music.

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  • 22. 

    I saw the plane moving __ the airport, but I did not see it land.

    • A.

      Towards

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      By

    Correct Answer
    A. Towards
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "towards" because it indicates the direction in which the plane was moving. It suggests that the plane was approaching the airport but did not actually land there.

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  • 23. 

    Before breakfast, Sidney jogged __ the park.

    • A.

      On

    • B.

      By

    • C.

      In

    Correct Answer
    C. In
    Explanation
    Sidney jogged "in" the park before breakfast. This indicates that Sidney was running inside the park, suggesting that the park was the location where the jogging activity took place.

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  • 24. 

    Completa (escriu les preposicions separades per un espai)They say that when you want __ hide something, one __ the best places __ hide it is __ plain sight.

    Correct Answer
    to of to in
    Explanation
    When you want to hide something, one of the best places to hide it is in plain sight. The phrase "to hide something" indicates the action of concealing an object or information. The preposition "of" is used to show possession or belonging, so "one of the best places" means that there are multiple options, but this is one of them. The preposition "to" is used to indicate direction or purpose, so "to hide it" means the intention or goal is to conceal the item. Finally, the preposition "in" is used to indicate location or position, so "in plain sight" means that the object is deliberately placed where it can be easily seen but not noticed.

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  • 25. 

    Completa (escriu les preposicions separades per un espai)They started by looking __ the rugs and __ the books __ the bookshelves.

    Correct Answer
    under behind on
    beneath behind on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "under behind on, beneath behind on". The sentence suggests that they began their search by examining the rugs and the books on the bookshelves. The use of "under" and "beneath" implies that they were looking at the rugs and books located below or underneath something else. "Behind" indicates that they were also looking at the books located at the back of the bookshelves. Finally, "on" suggests that they were examining the books that were on top of the bookshelves.

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  • 26. 

    They thought that Mr. X was carrying the letter __ his pocket or __ his wallet, so they followed him __ a park.

    Correct Answer
    in in into
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "in in into". The word "in" is used twice because they thought Mr. X was carrying the letter inside both his pocket and his wallet. They followed him into the park, indicating that they entered the park after him.

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  • 27. 

    While he has sitting __ the table drinking a cup __ tea, he looked __ the whole room.

    Correct Answer
    at of around
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "at". In this sentence, the phrase "While he has sitting at the table" indicates that he was physically located at the table. The preposition "at" is used to express a specific location or position.

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  • 28. 

    Completa (escriu les preposicions separades per un espai)He looked at the paintings __ the wall, the books __ the desk, and even the cat sleeping __ the rug. 

    Correct Answer
    on on on
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on on on" because the sentence describes the location of various objects. The paintings are on the wall, the books are on the desk, and the cat is sleeping on the rug.

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  • 29. 

    Finally, he looked __ a bowl with some letters in it.

    • A.

      Inside

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      Into

    Correct Answer
    B. In
    Explanation
    The word "in" is the correct answer because it indicates that he looked at a bowl that contained some letters. The word "in" suggests that the bowl is the location where the letters are present.

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  • 30. 

    Completa (escriu les preposicions separades per un espai)When Mr. X heard a shout from __ the front window, he ran __ see what was happening. 

    Correct Answer
    outside to
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "outside to". This is because the phrase "from the front window" indicates that the shout is coming from a location outside of the house. Therefore, Mr. X runs "outside" to see what is happening.

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  • 31. 

    In the meantime, Dupin took the stolen letter and replaced it __ a similar one that he had __ his pocket.

    Correct Answer
    with in
    Explanation
    Dupin took the stolen letter and replaced it with a similar one that he had in his pocket.

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  • 32. 

    Completa (escriu les preposicions separades per un espai)This is how the detective found the stolen letter. It was hidden __ plain sight, right __ the table.

    Correct Answer
    in on
    Explanation
    The detective found the stolen letter in plain sight, meaning it was not hidden or concealed. The letter was easily visible and apparent. It was right on the table, indicating its location and proximity.

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  • 33. 

    Daniel's father looked him right ______________ and knew he was lying.

    • A.

      In the eye

    • B.

      On the eye

    • C.

      From the eye

    • D.

      Into the eyes

    Correct Answer
    A. In the eye
    Explanation
    The phrase "looked him right in the eye" is a common idiom that means to make direct eye contact with someone. In this context, Daniel's father is looking directly at Daniel's eyes and can therefore tell that he is lying. The other options, "on the eye," "from the eye," and "into the eyes," do not accurately convey the intended meaning of the sentence.

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  • 34. 

    Silvia traveled ______ the world. She went ______ Asia, South America and Africa.

    • A.

      Around / on

    • B.

      Around / to

    • C.

      Across / to

    • D.

      In / to

    Correct Answer
    B. Around / to
    Explanation
    Silvia traveled "around" the world, indicating that she visited various places or regions within the world. She went "to" Asia, South America, and Africa, specifying the destinations or locations she visited within her global travel.

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  • 35. 

    Mahmoud read a book _______ the Russian revolution.

    • A.

      From

    • B.

      At

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      To

    Correct Answer
    C. On
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "on". This is because when we talk about reading a book about a specific topic or event, we use the preposition "on". In this case, Mahmoud read a book on the Russian revolution, indicating that the book was about the Russian revolution.

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  • 36. 

    Can you tell me a little bit _____ your experience?

    • A.

      In

    • B.

      About

    • C.

      On

    • D.

      Of

    Correct Answer
    B. About
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "about." This preposition is commonly used to introduce a topic or provide information regarding something. In this context, it is used to ask for details or information about the person's experience.

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  • 37. 

    Some little children are afraid _____ animals.

    • A.

      To the

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      Of

    • D.

      Of the

    Correct Answer
    C. Of
    Explanation
    Little children are afraid of animals.

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  • 38. 

    John's father was standing right _____ him at the concert.

    • A.

      In front

    • B.

      Next

    • C.

      Behind

    • D.

      On

    Correct Answer
    C. Behind
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "behind" because it indicates that John's father was positioned at the back of him at the concert.

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  • 39. 

    Don't forget to turn the television off before you go ______ bed.

    • A.

      At

    • B.

      To

    • C.

      To the

    • D.

      At the

    Correct Answer
    B. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to" because it is used to indicate the purpose or destination of an action. In this case, the action is going to bed, so "to" is the appropriate preposition to use.

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  • 40. 

    __________ the walls of the ancient city, there are many secrets.

    • A.

      Without

    • B.

      Within

    • C.

      Above

    • D.

      Through

    Correct Answer
    B. Within
    Explanation
    Within the walls of the ancient city, there are many secrets. This means that the secrets are located inside the walls of the city. "Within" is the correct answer because it indicates an internal location or position.

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  • 41. 

    The Rodriguez family goes _____ church every Sunday.

    • A.

      To

    • B.

      To the

    • C.

      Toward the

    • D.

      From the

    Correct Answer
    A. To
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "to". This is because the sentence is indicating that the Rodriguez family regularly attends church every Sunday. The preposition "to" is used to show the direction or destination of their action, which in this case is going to church.

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  • 42. 

    Calculus III is way ______ me. I don't understand anything in the class.

    • A.

      After

    • B.

      Along

    • C.

      Beyond

    • D.

      Through

    Correct Answer
    C. Beyond
    Explanation
    The word "beyond" in this context suggests that the speaker is finding Calculus III to be extremely difficult or incomprehensible. It implies that the speaker is unable to grasp the concepts or understand anything taught in the class, indicating a significant level of struggle or lack of understanding.

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