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Words like in, on, under, over, past, across, through, show where things are. These words come before a noun or pronoun.

  In Greenwich
  On the table
  Under the river
  Over the railway
  Past the dairy
  Across the street
  Through the churchyard


Words like by for and with show how or why things were done and who did them.

  Margaret travelled by tram.
  Edith went on foot.
  Edith sewed with a needle.
  Edith wrote her business card by hand.
  Edith planned for her future.


Some adjectives and verbs need one of these words for time or place with them. For example, these adjectives:

 

  good at bad at
  likely to nice to
  sorry about thankful for
  worried about anxious about
  near to next to
  out of away from
  fond of close to
  angry with hostile towards
  married to related to
  similar to different from
  tired of keen on
  interested in curious about
  afraid of scared of
  full of  

For example, these verbs

  ask for  
  listen to  
  depend on  
  look at look for
  speak to speak about
  talk to talk about
  write to write about
  think of think about
  wait for wait until
  borrow from lend to



 
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