Full List of Prepositions in English with Useful Examples

The ultimate preposition list in the English language. When speaking or writing in English, you will often come across the preposition. This is an important part of a sentence and serves to show a relationship between two words or phrases within a sentence. There are a huge amount of prepositions that can be used in the English language and it is important to learn as many of these as you can in order to be able to form more detailed and fluent sounding sentences.

In this section, we will be presenting you with a comprehensive list of prepositions that are commonly used in both spoken and written English.

Why Learn Preposition Words?

What is a preposition? 

Prepositions are words that tell how one thing is relating to or interacting with another. For example, “The man sat on the chair.” The preposition in this sentence is on. Prepositions tell us where something is in relation to something else. The man isn’t under the chair, for example. He’s on it.

They can also be a little bit more abstract. For and to are both prepositions, as is despite. Sometimes, it seems like prepositions are the miscellaneous words that don’t fit anywhere else. There really are rules, though, and examples of prepositions help more than anything.

Many prepositions have nearly the exact same meaning. This makes them tricky to use properly unless you read or listen to a lot of English. This will help you recognize, for example, when to use on versus when to use inAt and to are also commonly mistaken for one another. There aren’t always specific rules to memorize so much as phrases and learning which prepositions go with which words.

If you study propositions, you’ll probably see a lot of people who claim that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition. That’s not actually true. It’s fine to end a sentence with a preposition, as long as it’s not just an extra word that isn’t needed. For example, “Where is the dog at?” does not need that last word, which happens to be a preposition. It should be removed. Those are the only types of prepositions to watch for at the end of sentences.

Preposition List

There are around 150 prepositions in the English language, and we’re going to list all of them we could find. They are broken down into categories of prepositions, based on how that type of preposition functions.

This list contains one-word prepositions as well as complex prepositions. Complex prepositions are when more than one word works together as a preposition. This is not the same as a prepositional phrase, which is a phrase starting with a preposition but ending in a noun.

Some of these prepositions can function in multiple categories, depending on how they’re used. They will appear in more than one list.

Some of these words also fit into other speech categories, especially adverbs and conjunctions.

List of Prepositions of time

Prepositions of time are prepositions that we use to indicate something’s relationship with time.

  1. About
  2. After
  3. Ago
  4. Around
  5. At
  6. Before
  7. By
  8. Circa
  9. During
  10. Following
  11. For
  12. From
  13. Gone
  14. In
  15. On
  16. Past
  17. Prior to
  18. Since
  19. Until/till
  20. Up to
  21. Up until

List of Prepositions of Place

Prepositions of place are ones that tell where one thing is in space compared to another.

  1. Aboard
  2. Above
  3. Across
  4. Against
  5. Alongside
  6. Amid
  7. Among
  8. Apart from
  9. Astride
  10. At
  11. Atop
  12. Behind
  13. Below
  14. Beneath
  15. Beside
  16. Between
  17. Beyond
  18. By
  19. Close to
  20. Far
  21. Far from
  22. Forward of
  23. From
  24. In
  25. In between
  26. In front of
  27. Inside
  28. Into
  29. Minus
  30. Near
  31. Near to
  32. Next to
  33. Of
  34. Off
  35. On
  36. On board
  37. On top of
  38. Onto
  39. Upon
  40. Opposite
  41. Out
  42. Out of
  43. Outside
  44. Outside of
  45. Over
  46. Round
  47. Through
  48. Throughout
  49. To
  50. Together with
  51. Toward/towards
  52. Whether this word ends with an -s depends on what region’s English is being used.
  53. Under
  54. Underneath
  55. Up against
  56. With
  57. Within
  58. Without

List of Prepositions of Movement

Prepositions of movement (also known as prepositions of direction) tell how something moves in relation to another thing. Many of these are also prepositions of place. Prepositions of place tell where something is, and prepositions of movement tell how something is moving.

  1. Above
  2. Across
  3. Against
  4. Ahead
  5. Along
  6. Along with
  7. Amid
  8. Around
  9. Away
  10. Away from
  11. Behind
  12. Below
  13. Beneath
  14. By means of
  15. Down
  16. Further to
  17. In between
  18. Into
  19. Off
  20. Off of
  21. On
  22. Onto
  23. Over
  24. Out of
  25. Past
  26. Round
  27. Through
  28. Toward/towards
  29. Under
  30. Up
  31. Via

List of Prepositions of Manner and Phrase

Prepositions of manner (also known as prepositions of agency or prepositions of instrument) tell us how something is done. This category also includes many legal phrases and whether or not people are includes or excluded.

  1. About
  2. According to
  3. Anti
  4. As
  5. As for
  6. As per
  7. As to
  8. As well as
  9. Aside from
  10. Bar
  11. Barring
  12. Because of
  13. Besides
  14. But for
  15. By
  16. But
  17. Concerning
  18. Considering
  19. Contrary to
  20. Counting
  21. Cum
  22. Depending on
  23. Despite
  24. Due to
  25. Except
  26. Except for
  27. Excepting
  28. Excluding
  29. Given
  30. In addition to
  31. in case of
  32. In face of
  33. In favor of/in favour of
  34. In light of
  35. In spite of
  36. In view of
  37. Including
  38. Instead of
  39. Less
  40. Like
  41. Notwithstanding
  42. Of
  43. On account of
  44. On behalf of
  45. Other than
  46. Owing to
  47. Pending
  48. Per
  49. Plus
  50. Preparatory to
  51. Pro
  52. Re
  53. Regarding
  54. Regardless of
  55. Save
  56. Save for
  57. Saving
  58. Than
  59. Thanks to
  60. Unlike
  61. Versus
  62. With
  63. With reference to
  64. With regard to
  65. Worth

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Examples of Prepositions in Sentences

The following are some examples of prepositions being used in sentences. There is one example for each category of preposition we include in the list of prepositions below.

That happened during the 1900s.

This is a preposition that shows how the event relates to time. Prepositions of time have a lot of overlap with adverbs, and many words are listed as both adverbs and prepositions.

The ball is on the box.

This preposition shows where the ball is in relation to the box. It is a preposition of place.

He ran around the corner.

This preposition tells how he moved in relation to the corner. It is a preposition of movement or direction.

She wrote the paper with Sarah.

This preposition tells the manner in which the paper was written in relation to these two people. This category is a little more open, and it’s named differently according to who you consult. It primarily focuses on how people or things relate to functioning together. This category of prepositions often includes words that are also conjunctions.

Prepositions of Place

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In

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Meaning: Used with the name of a container, place, or area to say where someone or something is

Example: There is some milk in the fridge.

On

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Meaning: Touching a surface or being supported by a surface

Example: He sat on the chair.

Under

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Meaning: Lower than (or covered by) something else

Example: She was hiding under the table.

Next to

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Meaning: Further forward than someone or something else.

Example: There was a little girl sitting next to him.

Between

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Meaning: Something in the middle of two objects or things (or places)

Example: The English Channel is between France and England.

Among

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Meaning: In the middle of or surrounded by other people or things

Example: Mary is popular among the students.

In front of

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Meaning: Further forward than someone or something else

Example: I can’t see because of the person in front of me.

Behind

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Meaning: At the back (part) of something

Example: He put his hands behind his back.

Above

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Meaning: In a higher position than something else

Example: The helicopter hovered above the house.

Below

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Meaning: Lower than something else

Example: A small stream runs below that bridge.

Near

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Meaning: Near and close to are similar to next to/beside but there is more of a distance between the two things

Example: Our house is near the supermarket.

Far from

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Meaning: A long distance away

Example: The restaurant is not far from here.

At

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Meaning: Used to say exactly where something or someone is

Example: She lost her earrings at the door.

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Prepositions of Movement

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Down

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The preposition down indicates movement from a higher to a lower position.

Example: It came down the stairs.

Up

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The preposition up indicates movement from a lower to a higher position.

Example: It went up the stairs.

Out of

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The preposition out of indicates movement from inside a space to outside a space.

Example: She flounced out of the house.

Into

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The preposition into refers to movement from the outside to the inside of a three dimensional space and it can be used to express the idea of movement in the direction of something, often resulting in actually hitting it.

Example: We went into the shop on the corner.

Toward

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The preposition toward is used to say that someone or something moves, looks, faces,… in the direction of someone or something.

Example: He was standing with his back toward me.

Away

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The preposition away is used to say that someone leaves a place or person, or stays some distance from a place or person.

Example: She turned away and stared out of the window.

Past

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The preposition past describes a movement at the far side of something or beyond something.

Example: Walk past the theater on the right and the bank is on the left.

Over

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The preposition over is used to talk about movement from one side of a place to another. It usually refers to movement in relation to two-dimensional surfaces (a lawn, lake, table etc) or to show when something is positioned on the opposite side of a line (a river, bridge, road etc).

Example: The cat jumped over the wall.

Onto

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The preposition onto used to show movement into or on a particular place.

Example: The cat jumped onto the roof.

Off

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The preposition off describes a movement away from something.

Example: We get off the train at the next stop.

Around

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The preposition around refers to going along its edge in a circular direction.

Example: You must drive around the city center to reach the cinema.

Under

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The preposition under describes a movement below the surface of something.

Example: The cat is under the table.

Along

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The preposition along is used to show movement following a line, it is also sometimes used to show a specific position in relation to a line or to show when things are positioned in a line.

Example: He’s walking along the path.

Across

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The preposition across is used for describing a position that is stretching from a certain place to the other or from one side to the other.

Example: You must walk across the street at the crosswalk.

Through

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The preposition through is used for describing movement from particular point to the other or from one end to the other.

Example: The car went through the tunnel.

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4 months ago
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With the help of. This is the example.

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1 year ago

Great!

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The preposition is really benificail and it real helped me. Thanks ?.
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1 year ago
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I ACCEPTED ………………………..

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6 months ago

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4 months ago

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5 months ago
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Gopa
Gopa
1 year ago

………….time and take part…………….some form of physical activity.

Use appropriate prepositions to fill in the blanks

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10 months ago
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1 year ago

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11 months ago
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