Prepositions are short words

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Prepositions are short words (on, in, to) that usually stand in front of nouns (sometimes also in front of gerund verbs). Even advanced learners of English find prepositions difficult, as a 1:1 translation is usually not possible. One preposition in your native language might have several translations depending on the situation. There are hardly any rules as to when to use which preposition. The only way to learn prepositions is looking them up in a dictionary , reading a lot in English ( literature ) and learning useful phrases off by heart ( study tips ). 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 year after a certain period of time (when?) in August / in winter in the morning in 2006 in an hour  at for night for 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

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