Peculiar Uses of Prepositions

Peculiar Uses of Prepositions :

The following peculiarities in the use of Prepositions should be noted.


The Preposition AT relates to a small extent of space or time.
The Preposition IN relates to a wider extent of space or time.

1. He will start at six o'clock in the morning.
2. The end is at hand (= very close).
3. The work is in hand (= in a state of progress).


The Preposition WITH relates to the instrument employed for doing anything.
The Preposition BY relates to the agent or doer.

1. This book was written by me with a quill pen.
2. We have completed this project with your help. 3. I traveled to Chennai by bus.


The Preposition BETWEEN represents two persons, things or ideas.
The Preposition AMONG represents more than two persons, things or ideas.

1. There was a passage between the two houses.
2. Those two men quarreled between themselves.
3. Those three men quarreled among themselves.
4. He liked to spend his evening among his friends.


The Preposition BESIDE means by the side of and hence sometimes outside of.
The Preposition BESIDES means in addition to.

1. He came and sat beside me.
2. He came and sat by my side.

3. Your answer is beside the question.
4. Your answer is outside of the question.
5. Your answer is irrelevant to the question.

6. Besides advising them, he gave them some money.
7. In addition to advising them, he gave them some money.


The Preposition IN denotes position or rest inside anything.
The Preposition INTO denotes motion towards the inside of anything.

1. The frog is in the well. (Rest)
2. The frog fell into the well. (Motion)

But with verbs of motion or change, IN is used.

1. He put the letter in his pocket.
2. She cut it in half.
3. She threw the letter in the fire.


The Preposition IN denotes at the close of some future period.
The Preposition WITHIN denotes some time short of the close.

1. He will return in a week's time.
2. He will return at the close of a week's time.

3. He will return within a fortnight.
4. He will return in less than a fortnight.


Both of these denote a point of time and not a space or period.

But SINCE is preceded by a Verb in some Perfect Tense, while FROM can be used with any form of Tense. Another difference is that SINCE can be used only in reference to past time, whereas FROM can be also used for present and future time.

1. He has been ill since Thursday last.
2. He studied Latin from the age of ten.

1. The increased scale of salaries will operate from today.
2. From Monday next the library will close at 8 p.m.


  1. A Preposition
  2. Prepositions
  3. The Preposition
  4. Object of The Preposition
  5. Omission of Object of The Preposition
  6. Participial Prepositions
  7. Compound Prepositions
  8. BUT as A Preposition
  9. Preposition and Object
  10. Wrong Uses of Prepositions
  11. Wrong Omissions of Prepositions
  12. Misuses of Prepositions
  13. Uses of Prepositions
  14. Gerunds preceded by Prepositions
  15. Peculiar Uses of Prepositions
  16. Example Sentences with Appropriate Prepositions
  17. Words followed by Appropriate Prepositions
  18. Nouns followed by Prepositions
  19. Participles followed by Prepositions
  20. Adjectives followed by Prepositions
  21. Verbs followed by Prepositions
  22. Verbs and Prepositions
  23. Sample Sentences with Prepositions
  24. Sample Sentences with Prepositional Phrases

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