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Good Day Sir,
I 'm having a serious problem with preposition and about writing an exams, kindly assist me sir, Thanks a lot.
i'm not a teacher.
There are some essential preposition like:
about, above, across, after, against, along, around, as, at, before, behind, below, beneath, between, by, down, except, for, from, in, of, off, on, out, over, past, through, to, under, until, up, with, within, without.
There are many others, so if you want to use prepositions correctly you have to have a good English - English dictionary where you can find them, shown in example sentences. But be careful when looking up prepositions in the dictionary because some of them may overlap with other parts of speeches as, for example, "up":
1. up - an adverb: They climbed up to the top of the mountain.
2. up - an adjective: The up train.
3. up - a verb: They upped the price of oil.
There are hardly any rules as to when and where to use which preposition except some guide lines available for the basic prepositions, which you can study from a good grammar site on the Web. However to become conversant and gain confidence, the only way to learn is by looking them up in a dictionary, reading a lot in English (literature), learning useful prepositional phrases off by heart (study tips) and above all doing a lot of practice on uses of different prepositions which includes verifying the correctness of their uses. You can use this forum effectively for that purpose.