Definition: A preposition is a word placed before a noun or a pronoun to show in what relation the person or thing denoted by it stands in regard to something else.

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Preposition Exercises for Class 8 CBSE With Answers Pdf

A preposition shows the relation of place, time, manner, cause, reason, purpose, possession, measure, contrast, etc. It is used/placed before a noun or pronoun to show relation between noun, pronoun and other words used.

Preposition showing Plaçe:

  • The book is placed on computer table.
  • She lives at 102, Race Course.
  • The first train in India was from Thane to Mumbai.
  • I am going to Mumbai.
  • There are hotels across the street.
  • Grow plants along the road.
  • This train passes through Ambala.
  • My dog fell into a village well.
  • She is waiting in the wall.
  • Put it under the table.

Prepositions Showing time:

  • He had come before you left.
  • The match will be played after a week.
  • It rained till 10:30 am.
  • Reach here between 10.00 to 11.00 am.
  • I have taught English for two decades.

Instruments/agenti ‘with’

  • The president cut the ribbon with a blunt knife.
  • Cause/reason/purpose: ‘for/since’
  • You can not be registered for/since you do not have prescribed eligibility.

Measurefrate: ‘By’, ‘at

  • Milk is old by litre.
  • Apple in Shimla is sold at 10/- per kg.
  • The Plane was at an altitude of 32000 feet.

Manner: ‘with

  • Children understand with ‘love and affection’.

Possession: of

  • The lawyer did not compromise with the interest of his client.
  • The following table contains rules for some of the most frequently used prepositions in English:

Prepositions – Time

English Usage Example
on days of the week On Monday
in months/seasons
time of day
after a certain period of time (when ?)
in August/in winter
in the morning
in 2006
in an hour
at for night
for the weekend
a certain point of time (when?)
at night
at the weekend
at half-past nine
since from a certain point of time (past till now) since 1980
for over a certain period of time (past till now) for 2 years
ago a certain time in the past 2 years ago
before earlier than a certain point of time before 2004
to telling the time ten of six (5:50)
past telling the time ten past six (6:10)
to/till/until marking the beginning and end of a period of time from Monday to/till Friday
till/until in the sense of how long something is going to last He is on holiday until Friday.
by in the sense of at the latest up to a certain time I will be back by 6 o’clock.
By 11 o’clock, I had read five pages.

Prepositions – Place (Position and Direction)

English Usage Example
in room, building, street, town, country book, paper etc.
car, taxi
picture, world
in the kitchen, in London
in the book
in the car, in a taxi
in the picture, in the world
at meaning next to, by an object
for table
for events
place where you are to do something typical (watch a film, study, work)
at the door, at the station
at the table
at a concert, at the party
at the cinema, at school, at work
on Attached
for a place with a river
being on a surface
for a certain side (left, right)
for a floor in a house
for public transport
for television, radio
the picture on the wall
London lies on the Thames.
on the table
on the left
on the first floor
on the bus, on a plane
on TV, on the radio
by, next
to, beside
left or right of somebody or something Jane is standing by/next to/beside the car.
under on the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else the bag is under the table
below lower than something else but above ground the fish are below the surface
over covered by something else
meaning more than
getting to the other side (also across) overcoming an obstacles
put a jacket over you shirt,
over 16 years of ago.
walk over the bridge
climb over the wall
above higher than something else, but not directly over it a path above the lake
across getting to the other side (also over)
getting to the other side
walk across the bridge
swim across the lake
through something with limits on top, bottom and the sides drive through the tunnel
to movement to person or building
movement to a place or country
for bed
go to the cinema
go to London/Ireland
go to bed
into enter a room/a building go into the kitchen/the house
towards movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it) go 5 steps towards the house
onto movement to the top of something jump onto the table
from in the sense of where from a flower from a garden

Other important Prepositions

English Usage Example
from who gave it a present from Jane
of who/what does it belong to
what does it show
a page of the book the picture of a palace
by who made it a book by Mark Twain
on walking or riding on horseback
entering a public transport vehicle
on foot, on horseback get on the bus
in entering a car/ Taxi get in the car
off leaving a public transport vehicle get off the train
out of leaving a car/ Taxi get out of the taxi
by rise or fall of something
travelling (other than walking or horse riding)
prices have risen by 10 percent by car, by bus
at for age she learned Russian at 45
about for Topics, meaning what about we were talking about you.

The following words are the most commonly used prepositions:

about below excepting off toward
above beneath for on under
across beside(s) from onto underneath
after between in out until
against beyond in front of outside up
along but inside over upon
among by in spite of past up to
around concerning instead of regarding with
at despite into since within
because of down like through without
before during near throughout with regard to
behind except of to with respect to

Preposition Practice Exercises for Class 8 CBSE

A. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.

1. Unless I hear anything _____________ the contrary, I shall assume that the meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon.
2. I am not as free as you think; _____________ the contrary, I have lots of homework to do.
3. Maya was accompanied _____________ her mother to the concert.
4. His fever became worse in the night, accompanied _____________ delirium.
5. She finds it difficult to adapt herself _____________ new environments.
6. This book will be adapted _____________ use by beginners of the language.
7. He carried out his father’s instructions _____________ question.
8. The man _____________ question is a prominent figure in the business circle.
9. If everything goes according _____________ schedule, we shall finish the work by the end of the month.
10. The construction work fell _____________ schedule-because of a shortage of workers.
11. Disappointed _____________ their eldest son, the couple placed their hopes on their second son.
12. Disappointed _____________ the examination result, he made a resolution to devote more time to his studies.
13. A soldier should be brave and honourable; _____________ all, he should put his country before himself.
14. Sanjeev should set a good example to his brothers; _____________ all, he is the eldest in the family.
15. I am tired _____________ doing nothing all day; I shall go for a walk after dinner.
16. Tired _____________ the vigourous training, the players were glad to be given a short break.
17. You will have lots of opportunities _____________ meeting interesting people if you take up this job.
18. The scholarship will be your opportunity _____________ further study in a foreign university.
19. The old man got himself a dog _____________ company.
20. Sumit’s mother advised him not to keep company _____________ bad boys.

B. Complete the following conversations with suitable prepositions.

1. A. Did you say you were looking _____________ a baby-sitter?
B. Yes, I’m just looking _____________ these advertisements. It’s so difficult to get anyone to look _____________ young children.
A. I expect it’s expensive too, isn’t it?
B. I don’t know. I’ll have to look the money side of it.

2. A. What’s the job you’ve applied for?
B. It’s with a travel company. But the advert says that you need some exp jrience _____________ working in the tourism industry. I haven’t got that. And I don’t think my knowledge _____________ foreign languages will be good enough. I’m having no success at all _____________ my attempts to get a job.

A. What about your interest _____________ computers? And your skill _____________ typing? That’s the sort of thing employers are looking for.
B. What skill? I can only type with two fingers.

3. Puneet: I’m supposed to finish my project this week, aren’t I?
Teacher: Yes, you should give it to me _____________ the end of the week. I’d like to have it _____________ Friday, ideally.
Puneet: I’m afraid that’s going to be difficult. I’m going on a three-day study trip tomorrow. I’ll be away _____________ Thursday. I think the project is going to take me _____________ the middle of next week. I can’t finish _____________ the end of this week.
Teacher: Well, let me have it Wednesday of next week.

4. Two business people are arranging a meeting.
A : I’m free _____________ the 15th of March. Can we meet then?
B : That’s Friday, isn’t it? No, I’m afraid I can’t see you _____________ Friday. I’ll be in Delhi.
A : I’d like to have a meeting this month. I shall be very busy _____________ April.
B : I have an extra couple of days’ holiday because _____________ Easter, so perhaps the week after. Shall we meet the 27th? That’s Wednesday.
A : Well, I’ve got an appointment _____________ the morning but nothing _____________ the afternoon. How about _____________ Wednesday afternoon _____________ about half past two?
B : Yes, that’ll be fine.

C. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.

1. Were you quarrelling _____________ Monu just now ? I heard you shouting _____________ him. (with, to, at)

2. Hurry _____________ ! It’s already a quarter _____________ six. We’re supposed to be there _____________ six. ( by, to, up, to )

3. She fell _____________ her bicycle as she was cycling _____________ the hill _____________ her house _____________ the top. ( up, from, to, at, down)

4. The thief jumped _____________ the window and ran _____________ the garden path _____________ the gate. ( on, to, through, down )

5. There was a lovely dress _____________ sale _____________ the shop _____________ the supermarket. She was tempted to buy it, but she didn’t have enough money _____________ her _____________ that moment. ( at, near, on, with, at, in, for)

6. We saw a cat _____________ top _____________ the cupboard. It was afraid to come _____________, so I stood a chair, caught hold _____________ it and brought it _____________ (on, down, down, of, of, on, in)

8. He dived _____________ the pond and swam _____________ the little girl. Catching hold _____________ the girl he started to swim _____________ the bank. (to, towards, into, back, of)

9. He spoke _____________ me _____________ just a few minutes. He said that he was _____________ a hurry since he had an appointment _____________ an old friend _____________ half an hour’s time. (in, with, to, in, for, by)

10. I was listening _____________ the news _____________ the radio when the lights went _____________ suddenly. I jumped out _____________ my chair when I felt something brush _____________ me. I was so startled that I screamed _____________ fright. ( of, on, out, with, against, to, for)

11. If you come _____________ Bhuvan _____________ your way _____________ town, will you please tell him that I shall be waiting _____________ him _____________ Monday to discuss something _____________ him? Tell him that it is _____________ great importance. ( across, on, with, for, of, on, to, back)

12. Our car broke _____________ while we were passing _____________ the village. The three _____________ us managed to push the car _____________ the nearest garage _____________ repairs. We continued the journey _____________ foot and reached our place _____________ midnight. ( at, through, on, for, down, of, to, by)

D. Fill in the blanks with suitable prepositions.

1. He started work _____________ six _____________ the morning and continued right up _____________ five _____________ the evening.

2. Those who were _____________ the motion gathered _____________ the room to talk _____________ the topic. They talked _____________ great length but arrived _____________ no conclusion.

3. There’s a ‘NO ENTRANCE’ sign pinned _____________ the door. If you go in _____________ permission, you’ll get _____________ trouble.

4. He has just written a book _____________ the growing _____________ plants _____________ the tropics. He draws most _____________ his information _____________ reliable sources.

5. That man who was walking unsteadily _____________ the road was _____________ the influence _____________ alcohol. The children who were playing _____________ the roadside _____________ ran _____________ their mothers _____________ the sight _____________ him.

6. The boys were not _____________ favour _____________ going to India Gate but as we insisted _____________ going, they had _____________ give in _____________ our suggestion.

7. He was born _____________ a good family _____________ that town but now he has degenerated _____________ little more than an animal. He is addicted _____________ gambling and drinking.

8. His illness is a mere pretext _____________ his continued absence. He loathes going _____________ school and seizes _____________ any chance to play truant. His bad results are not to be wondered _____________.

9. Children _____________ sixteen years _____________ age are barred _____________ seeing this film.

10. Water is leaking _____________ a hole _____________ the roof. I have put a container directly _____________ the hole for the time being. You’ll have _____________ see _____________ it later.

11. The stranger asked the housing agent _____________ the price _____________ the house _____________ the corner the road.

12. That man is an authority _____________ ancient customs. If you have any query _____________ them, you can always _____________ go _____________ him clarification.

13. He has little confidence _____________ himself. He despairs _____________ success even as he tries his hand _____________ a project.

14. The area _____________ our house is infested _____________ mosquitoes. We must get rid _____________ all their breeding places before the situation gets worse.

15. His friends felt sorry _____________ him _____________ his bereavement. It must have been a great shock _____________ him for he seemed oblivious anyone or _____________ anything _____________ weeks.

16.1 don’t agree _____________ you _____________ that matter. _____________ my opinion, there are more advantages to be gained _____________ compulsory education.

17. He is to sail _____________ a ship bound _____________ New Zealand _____________ the second _____________ this month. He has made arrangements _____________ everything and has nothing to worry _____________ now.

18. The scouts went _____________ house _____________ house to collect money _____________ a project that they intend to work _____________ later _____________ the year. They were happy _____________ get the co-operation _____________ the local residents.

19. The little boy ran _____________ the road _____________ troubling to look out _____________ on-coming traffic. His mother watched him _____________ the house and felt _____________ ease only when he was safely _____________ the other side.

20. We traveled _____________ Mumbai _____________ Agra _____________ train and arrived _____________ our destination _____________ the evening. We stayed the night there _____________ a friend’s house.