Prepositions of Movement in English | List and Examples

Learn useful list of Prepositions of Movement in English with examples.

What are Prepositions of Movement?

Prepositions of movement or direction are used to show movement from one place to another. These prepositions are most often used with verbs of motion and are found after the verb.

Prepositions of Movement Examples

The Preposition TO

The preposition to indicates movement with the aim of a specific destination, which can be a place, an event or to express a movement to a person. It is usually used after verbs of movement such as go, walk, run, come …


The boys go to school in groups.

Many people travel to work by car.

He got out of bed and walked to the window.

Would you like to run to the harbor to look at the ships?

We’re driving to Maryland to look at a drop tank?

He came to England in his infancy.

The preposition to is sometimes used to indicate a specific position, especially if a person or object is facing something.


The physics lab is down the hall to your right.

She turned her back to the audience.

The Preposition TOWARDS

The preposition towards indicates movement in a particular direction.


She pushed her face towards him.

She was carrying a suitcase and walking towards.

The Preposition THROUGH

The preposition through refers to movement within a space which can be thought of as three-dimensional or a movement across an entire space from one side to the other.


David walked slowly through the woods.

The Charles River flows through Boston.

The Preposition INTO

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.


Don’t put new wine into old bottles.

He looked straight into her eyes.

She swerved and crashed into the fence

The Preposition OVER

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).


He jumped over the wall.

The hotel is over the bridge.

 Over also functions as a preposition expressing position. It often has a similar meaning to the preposition above.


There was a mirror above / over the sink.

The Preposition ACROSS

Like over, the preposition across is used to talk about movement from one side of a place to another. Across is also used to express position in relation to something which stretches from one side of a place to another or to show when something is positioned on the opposite side of a place in relation to the speaker.


The boys swam across the lake.

The truck skidded sideways across the road.

It’s the first time I’ve flown across the Atlantic.

The Preposition ALONG

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.


We went for a walk along the beach at twilight.

They rode along narrow country lanes.

The preposition FROM

The preposition from is used to show the place where someone or something starts.


What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?

The preposition AROUND

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


Her hair whipped around her face in the wind.

The preposition ONTO

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


I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.

The preposition UP

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


She doesn’t like riding her bike up these hills.

The preposition DOWN

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


It’s easier to run down the hill than go up.

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