Prepositions: draco lizard
The Grammar Bit!
Read the three sentences opposite. They each contain a preposition (bold). A preposition is a word (or sometimes a phrase) that indicates a relationship, typically in terms of place or time, between two or more things, people or events.
In the first sentence the preposition ‘behind’ tells us where the larger lizard was in relation to the smaller lizard. Other place prepositions include in front of, inside, below and above.
In the second sentence the preposition ‘during’ tells us when in the fight the lizards opened their flags. Other time prepositions include before, after, at and since.
In the third sentence the preposition ‘through’ tells us the direction in which the lizard moved in relation to the jungle. Other direction prepositions include around, towards, into and along.
With your talk partner, say each sentence aloud with a different preposition from the lists above. Which ones work best?
1) The large Draco lizard, which was mottled brown in colour, appeared from nowhere behind his smaller rival.
2) During the fight, the Draco lizards tried to intimidate each other with their lemon-coloured flags.
3) With ease, the Draco lizard flew through the jungle canopy.
Did you know?
Although a Draco lizard usually avoids the forest floor, a female must go to the ground to lay her eggs. The eggs are buried in a small hole, which is made with the reptile’s pointed snout and then filled up with dirt.