English grammar

Module 6, Prepositions, Lesson 3:

Preposition versus Adverb

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English grammar

Some words can be used as either prepositions or adverbs. If the word has an object, it is acting as a preposition. If it has no object, it is acting as an adverb.

Adverb: My school bus just went past.
Preposition: My brother just drove past us.
Hint:
Ask what after the word to see if it has an object.
Adverb: My school bus just went past. (Past what? Nothing = Adverb)
Preposition: My brother just drove past us. (Past what? Us = Preposition)

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar
Directions:
Decide whether the bold-faced word is a preposition or an adverb.
1.
Please leave your muddy shoes outside the front door.
adverb / preposition
2.
I hope to be inside by the time the rain starts.
adverb / preposition
3.
This book is by my favorite author.
adverb / preposition
4.
The dog can go outside while we paint the walls.
adverb / preposition
5.
While visiting the cathedral, we tried not to walk over the tombs in the floor.
adverb / preposition
6.
The arrow went right through the center of the target.
adverb / preposition
7.
The rain came down heavily for several hours.
adverb / preposition
8.
I want to go to outer space and beyond.
adverb / preposition
9.
Within this book, you will find the answers to all kinds of mysteries.
adverb / preposition
10.
The fudge was behind the broccoli on the top shelf of the fridge.
adverb / preposition
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