WHAT IS A PREPOSITION, Spanish grammar (A1)

What is a preposition?

what is a prepositionA preposition is a word or group of words, that is placed before a noun or a pronoun, to show a relationship in a sentence. Prepositions allow us to put variety into sentences, by adding new information about time, direction, location, and ownership. On the other hand, take into account that prepositions do not change form; they are invariable.

 Se ha ido a la estación. (He is gone to the station.): DIRECTION.

El avión llega a la una. (The plane arrives at one o’clock.): TIME.

Tenemos una casa en el campo. (We have a house in the countryside.): LOCATION.

La casa de Ramón. (Ramon’s house.): OWNERSHIP

1. List of prepositions

Here you have a fully Spanish prepositions list. Prepositions can also joint other words to form, what we call in Spanish, locuciones preposicionales or prepositional phrases, to give them a more specific meaning, such a encima de (on the top of), al lado de (next to), alrededor de (around)…

what is a preposition, list of Spanish preposition

2. What prepositions express

The following common prepositions show time, direction, and location.

what is a preposition, expressing time, direction, location

We use some prepositions to express more than one meaning. A and DE are, for example, common Spanish prepositions that we use to express time or direction. Here you have some examples of these prepositions expressing directions. Other prepositions have a more specific meaning like CON (with) or DESDE (from).

what is a preposition: preposition a and de


3. Prepositional Contractions

A and DE are the only prepositions that are used to form prepositional contractions in Spanish, and they only form a contraction with el.

what is a preposition, contraction

Now you know more about what is a preposition, and it is time to see prepositions individually and more in details. Click on the link below to learn more about Spanish prepositions and remember you can contact your tutor with any question you have.  Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?  


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