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Idiomatic Prepositions

Some prepositions can be combined with certain other words to create phrases whose meaning is something other than their literal meaning. These phrases are called idioms. An idiom is an expression that is either peculiar to itself grammatically or having a meaning that cannot be derived from understanding the individual words it contains.

Example: To Hang Out With

 Definition: to spend time with, to go somewhere with (often refers to friendship)

** I love to hang out with my sister’s friends. They like to have fun.

** Cyndi and Jimmy enjoy hanging out with each other on the weekends.


Unfortunately, idioms need to be learned by rote. There are no tricks or shortcuts.

Here are some idiomatic uses of prepositions.