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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #117899: Prepositions of location
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    Prepositions of location


     


    In order to express and determine locations, you have to use prepositions of places.  We have already studied IN, ON and AT in  test   test, but there are many other prepositions. 

    Therefore, you have to know them, make a difference between them, and determine when to use them.  


    I) Using the opposites to express locations:

                                Above// below                Above// over
                        
                     Behind// in front of   In front of the blue curtain/ behind it. 


    II) The main prepositions of place: 

                   
                        Above           Around/ Round                 Behind
             
                             Between             In front of                  Inside
                      
                          Near...               Far from...                   Outside
                   
                            Over...            On top of...      At the bottom of the stairs...          
                          Under...           Underneath...               In the distance...
                           
                       Against the wall            Towards/toward                  Within


    III) In order to describe images or photos: mention foreground, middle plan, background! 

                                                                 

    In the foreground, in the middle ground, in the background...


    IV) Quite a lot of idioms : 

    behind the scenes= unseen, secretely influencing events. 

    - beside the point= irrelevant.

    - inside out= with the inner side out. 

    up in the air= uncertain.

    - within reason= that's reasonable.


     - out of the blue = in a whisper, unexpectedly- out of the question  = unimaginable  
     - out of breath = panting, gasping        - out of shape = not in top condition 
     - out of character = out of control/ out of hand   - out of sight = hidden/ far away
     - out of order = being shot/ criticized- out of tune = not at the correct pitch  
     - out of the ordinary  = extraordinary- out of  work = unemployed


     - under one's breath = in a murmur   - under fire = being shot/ criticised  
     - under the circumstances     = because of the situation    - under the impression that = having the belief 
     - under control/ out of control          = able to be influenced - under the influence of = affected by drugs or alcohol  


    Well well! It's now time to test your knowledge! I'm sure you'll do great at the test! May the FORCE be with you!  

     



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    1. « Be careful, Lucy, this box of toys is . When you open it, every tiny piece will fall down. »


    2. « I know, Mom, don’t worry! Everything is ! »


    3. « No need to try to use the washing machine... It’s and we’ll have to buy a new one! »


    4. « Sorry, I can’t find your glasses, Mom! » « Err, they must be that big blue book! »


    5. « No, they aren’t! » « Look the pile of books, then! »


    6. «It’s OK, Mom! I’ve found them your laptop and the desk lamp! »


    7. « Oh, Lucy, your T-shirt is . You must be more careful when dressing! »


    8. « She could hear a small voice herself repeating she shouldn’t do this... »


    9. Lucy was calmly playing with her toys, when , she burst out laughing noisily...


    10. The fence the swimming pool prevented the small kids from approaching the water.


     

                                                        

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