Saturday, 5 November 2011


Prepositions – Place (Position and Direction)
English Usage Example
• in  room, building, street, town, country
 book, paper etc.
 car, taxi
 picture, world  in the kitchen, in London
 in the book
 in the car, in a taxi
 in the picture, in the world
• at  meaning next to, by an object
 for table
 for events
 place where you are to do something typical (watch a film, study, work)  at the door, at the station
 at the table
 at a concert, at the party
 at the cinema, at school, at work
• on  attached
 for a place with a river
 being on a surface
 for a certain side (left, right)
 for a floor in a house
 for public transport
 for television, radio  the picture on the wall
 London lies on the Thames.
 on the table
 on the left
 on the first floor
 on the bus, on a plane
 on TV, on the radio
• by, next to, beside  left or right of somebody or something  Jane is standing by / next to / beside the car.
• under  on the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else  the bag is under the table
• below  lower than something else but above ground  the fish are below the surface
• over  covered by something else
 meaning more than
 getting to the other side (also across)
 overcoming an obstacle  put a jacket over your shirt
 over 16 years of age
 walk over the bridge
 climb over the wall
• above  higher than something else, but not directly over it  a path above the lake
• across  getting to the other side (also over)
 getting to the other side  walk across the bridge
 swim across the lake
• through  something with limits on top, bottom and the sides  drive through the tunnel
• to  movement to person or building
 movement to a place or country
 for bed  go to the cinema
 go to London / Ireland
 go to bed
• into  enter a room / a building  go into the kitchen / the house
• towards  movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it)  go 5 steps towards the house
• onto  movement to the top of something  jump onto the table
• from  in the sense of where from  a flower from the garden