I have heard from both native English speakers and English learners alike that prepositions are a most perplexing part of speech. For such small little words, they can cause some big comprehension problems. I have in my library here at TLC a book that should be a big help. It is The Ins and Outs of Prepositions: A guidebook for ESL students and all others seeking help in correct use of prepositions, by Jean Yates (Barron’s: Hauppauge, NY. 1999). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more comprehensive book—an analysis of 61 of the most common English prepositions! There is a newer edition, revised in 2011, if you would like to buy one; the ISBN is 9780764147289. The book may be ordered from Barron’s at www.barronseduc.com, or other online and brick-n-mortar stores you like.
Happy Tuesday, lder