Learn English Prepositions Easily with Examples

Learn different types of English prepositions and how to use prepositions with pictures and examples.

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Prepositions of Time, Place and Movement

Prepositions of Time

A preposition of time is a preposition that allows you to discuss a specific time period.

List of Prepositions of Time:

  • During

We stayed at a student hostel during the conference.

  • For

I’m just going to bed for two hours or so.

  • Until/Till

We wait till/until half past six for you.

  • Since

Forty years have passed away since they met.

  • From…to

Her visit will extend from Monday to Thursday.

  • Ago

He left the house over an hour ago.

  • Before

She’s always up before dawn.

  • By

He had promised to be back by five o’clock.

  • After

I felt fairly easy after taking the medicine.

  • To

It’s a quarter to two.

It’s only two weeks to Christmas.

  • Past

It’s five past ten.

  • Between…and

They lived in New York between 1998 and 2004.

  • Within

You should receive a reply within seven days.

  • In

In the afternoon

  • On

On 1st January 2013

  • At

At the same time

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Prepositions of Time

Prepositions of Place

A preposition of place is a preposition which is used to refer to a place where something or someone is located.

List of Prepositions of Place

  • On

On a table

  • Under

We slept under the open sky.

  • Next to

The hotel is situated next to the lively bustling port.

  • Between

There is a gulf between the two cities.

  • Among

I enjoy being among my friends.

  • In front of

They massed in front of the city hall.

  • Behind

The horse fell behind in the race.

  • By

The bank is by the hotel.

  • Above

Our friends in the apartment above us are really noisy.

  • Below

He dived below the surface of the water.

  • Near

There is a bush near the school playground.

  • At

At The Empire State Building

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Prepositions of Place

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.

List of Prepositions of Movement

  • Down

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

  • Up

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

  • Into

Don’t put new wine into old bottles.

He looked straight into her eyes.

She swerved and crashed into the fence

  • Toward

She pushed her face towards him.

She was carrying a suitcase and walking towards.

  • Over

He jumped over the wall.

The hotel is over the bridge.

  • Onto

I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.

  • Around

Her hair whipped around her face in the wind.

  • Along

We went for a walk along the beach at twilight.

They rode along narrow country lanes.

  • Across

The boys swam across the lake.

The truck skidded sideways across the road.

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

  • Through

David walked slowly through the woods.

The Charles River flows through Boston.

  • To

The boys go to school in groups.

Many people travel to work by car.

He got out of bed and walked to the window.

  • From

What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?

  • Out of
  • Under
  • Off
  • Away
  • Past

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Prepositions of Movement

Prepositions of Time and Place AT – IN – ON

For describing time and place, the prepositions in, on, and at go from general to specific.

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Prepositions of Time IN – AT – ON

How to use Prepositions of Time AT – IN – ON

Learn useful rules for using Prepositions of Time IN – ON – AT correctly with examples.

In order to describe time, the prepositions in, on, and at go from GENERAL to SPECIFIC.

In + Seasons

  • IN + Years
  • In + Decades
  • In + Centuries
  • IN + Weeks
  • IN + Periods of time
  • IN + Holidays

ON

  • On + Days
  • On + Dates
  • On + Holidays with “day”
  • On + Specific days
  • On + Time
  • On + Day + Part of day

AT

  • At + Hours
  • At + Parts of the day
  • At + Holidays without “day”
  • At + Time

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Prepositions of Place AT – IN – ON

How to use Prepositions of Place AT – IN – ON

Learn useful rules to use Prepositions of Place IN – ON – AT with examples.

IN

  • In + Countries
  • In + Cities
  • In + Neighborhood
  • In + Enclosed Space

ON

  • On + Means of transport
  • On + Communications
  • On + Surfaces

AT

  • At + Exact Addresses or Intersections
  • At + Specific Locations/ Points

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Common Errors in the Use of Prepositions

Learn Common Errors with Prepositions in English.

Incorrect:     Sophia invests her money on the stock market.

Correct:        Sophia invests her money in the stock market.

 

Incorrect:     He is a student of Oxford University. 

Correct:        He is a student at Oxford University. 

 

Incorrect:     I saw that news on the newspapers.

Correct:        I saw that news in the newspapers.

 

Incorrect:     Open page 45 of your books. 

Correct:        Open your books to page 45.

 

Incorrect:     The cat is sleeping in the sofa.

Correct:        The cat is sleeping on the sofa.

 

Incorrect:      My birthday is on October.

Correct:         My birthday is in October.

 

Incorrect:      John has been absent from Friday?

Correct:         John has been absent since Friday ?

 

Incorrect:      Sophia’s married with a doctor.

Correct:         Sophia’s married to a doctor.

 

Incorrect:      Divide it between the children in class.

Correct:         Divide it among the children in class.

 

Incorrect:      It has been snowing from Monday.

Correct:         It has been snowing since Monday.

 

Incorrect:      The key of happiness is having dreams.

Correct:         The key to happiness is having dreams.

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Incorrect:      What do you see when looking the mirror?

Correct:         What do you see when looking in the mirror?

 

Incorrect:      She met with old friends on her holiday.

Correct:        She met old friends on her holiday.

 

Incorrect:     He insisted to carry his own bag.

Correct:        He insisted on carrying his own bag.

 

Incorrect:     Lunch consisted from sandwiches and fruit.

Correct:        Lunch consisted of sandwiches and fruit.

 

Incorrect:     It depends from you.

Correct:        It depends on you.

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