Prepositions beginning with A

One-word prepositions


  • We climbed aboard the boat.
  • Is there a doctor aboard the plane?


  • What do you think about Mary?
  • Let's talk about something different.
  • I've just read a book about President Putin.
  • The lion was pacing about its cage.


  • We are flying above the clouds.
  • We live in the hills, 1,000 metres above sea-level.
  • It's only two degrees above freezing point. [+2¬ļC]
  • Who came above you in the test results?


  • We drove across the desert.
  • The dog ran across the road.
  • There is a bridge across the river.
  • She lives in the house across the street. It's nearly opposite mine.

after (also conjunction)

  • We had lunch [1pm] after the meeting [11am].
  • Let's meet the day after tomorrow.


  • Did you vote for or against the suggestion?
  • He put his bicycle against the wall.


  • We walked along the beach for two miles.
  • There are trees along the road.
  • The toilet is along the corridor.


  • Their boat came alongside our boat.
  • Team A worked alongside Team B during construction.

amid | amidst (poetic)

  • I couldn't hear her amid the noise.
  • We were lost amidst the trees.

among | amongst (mainly  British English)

  • Is there a doctor among us?
  • There were secret police among the crowd.
  • I was amongst strangers. I didn't know anyone.


  • He seems to be anti my idea.
  • Some people are anti everything.


  • We walked around the town for an hour.
  • They all sat around the camp fire.
  • There is a big fence around the house.
  • He was born around 1570.
  • Let's meet around 7pm.

as (also conjunction)

  • He is working as a waiter.
  • The risk is as nothing compared to the profit.
  • Ram is as tall as Anthony.


  • She sat astride the horse.


  • He is at school.
  • We first met at a party.
  • Let's start the meeting at 9 o'clock.
  • He started work at 17 (years of age).
  • We are aiming at sales of $1,000,000.

atop (poetic)

  • The church is situated atop a hill.

Complex prepositions

according to

  • According to John, Mary was late. I believe John.

ahead of

  • Anthony is ahead of Rachel in the race. He'll win.
  • We have a long day ahead of us. Let's get going!

à la ( from French)

  • It's a TV show √† la CNN. Same style, similar content.

along with

  • Do you want some pork along with the chicken?

apart from

  • Nobody objected apart from you, so we did it.

as for

  • As for Matt, he will arrive later.

aside from

  • I have another car aside from this one. Both are red.

as per

  • We must work strictly as per the law.

as to

  • As to your behaviour, I think you were wrong.

as well as

  • You should telephone as well as write, just to be sure.

away from

  • The cat ran away from the dog and escaped.

Prepositions beginning with B

One-word prepositions


  • Everyone came bar Angela.
  • He is the best bar none.


  • Barring rain, we'll play tennis tomorrow.

before (also conjunction)

  • We had lunch [1pm] before the meeting [3pm].
  • We met the day before yesterday.
  • She was before me in the queue.
  • I would rather die before doing that.


  • There is a police car behind us. It's following us.
  • We have a garden behind our house.
  • The child was hiding behind the tree.
  • I am behind your project. I will support it.
  • Vonica finished behind Shirley in the race.
  • She is behind the other children in her class.


  • Much of Holland is below sea-level.
  • There is a family in the flat below us.
  • The temperature is 5 degrees below freezing point. [-5¬ļC]
  • I came below Vonica in the test.
  • You can buy it if it's below $50.


  • Our garage is beneath our house.
  • The tunnel runs beneath the sea.
  • Laurence is beneath the General Manager.
  • It was beneath his dignity to do that.


  • The river runs beside our house.
  • James was sitting beside Miriam.


  • What shall we have besides coffee?


  • Tara was sitting between Ram and Ati.
  • Between you and me, I think she's crazy.
  • I can meet you between 1pm and 2pm.


  • Can you see someone in the distance, beyond that house?
  • This is too difficult. It's beyond me.
  • The meeting continued beyond midnight.

but (also conjunction)

  • Everyone came but Andrea.


  • We came by car.
  • Fireworks were invented by the Chinese.
  • He was shot by a professional killer.
  • It happened by accident.
  • He lost the race by five seconds.
  • The room is 10 metres by 6 metres.
  • We must finish by Tuesday.
  • We were sitting by the window.
  • By my calculation he must be 73.

Complex prepositions

because of

  • We can't play tennis because of the rain.

but for

  • It's your fault! But for you, I'd have been on time.

by means of

  • You open a door by means of its handle.

Prepositions beginning with C

One-word prepositions


  • He died circa 1270.


  • Your teacher talked to me concerning your homework.
  • I have some questions concerning your decision.


  • Considering the poor quality, I think the price is too high.
  • I think I must be going, considering the time.


  • There were four people, or five counting the baby.
  • That makes $70, not counting the tax.


  • I have a study-cum-bedroom.
  • She is a kind of secretary-cum-receptionist.

Complex prepositions

close to

  • My car is close to your car. About two cars away.

contrary to

  • Contrary to expectations, the euro fell in value.

Prepositions beginning with D

One-word prepositions


  • We went swimming despite the cold water.
  • He passed the test despite being ill.


  • They ran down the hill.
  • The post office is down the road.
  • They have had many wars down the years.


  • He fell asleep during the meeting.
  • I want to go swimming during the weekend.
  • I was bored during the whole film.

Complex prepositions

depending on

  • We'll play tennis tomorrow, depending on the rain.

due to

  • The cancellation was due to the rain. There was no other reason.

Prepositions beginning with E

One-word prepositions


  • You can have any colour except blue. There is no more blue.
  • They all came except Stephen. He didn't want to come.


  • I can eat anything excepting pork. It makes me sick.
  • Excepting Jo, everyone was present. No-one knew where Jo was.


  • It costs $70, excluding $10 for delivery. (Total = $80.)
  • We open every day excluding Christmas Day. On Christmas Day we have a holiday.

Complex prepositions

except for

  • Everyone was present, except for Mary. She stayed at home.

Prepositions beginning with F

One-word prepositions


  • We had coffee following lunch.
  • He couldn't work following his illness.

for (also conjunction)

  • This is for you.
  • Do you want to go for a walk?
  • You use a corkscrew for opening bottles.
  • Cigarettes are bad for you.
  • I'm saving for a new car.
  • Is this the road for Rome?
  • They passed me over for John.
  • Is this the train for Cambridge?
  • I bought it for $10.
  • We worked for three hours.
  • Keep walking for two kilometres.


  • Where do you come from?
  • This letter is from my wife.
  • I bought this car from Henry.
  • They prevented me from entering.
  • My car is different from yours.
  • We worked from Monday to Wednesday.
  • Paper is made from wood.
  • It can cost anything from $5 to $15.
  • The police took my driving licence from me.
  • He died from overwork.

Complex prepositions

forward of

  • He was sitting forward of me in the plane. I could just see the back of his head.

further to

  • Further to your letter, I have spoken to Mr Brown.

Prepositions beginning with G

One-word prepositions


  • He is in very good health, given his age. He's at least 95.
  • Given the time, you ought to leave now.

gone (mainly  British English)

  • It's certainly gone 11 o'clock. It must be 11.30.
  • He's gone 50. He must be nearly 60 years old.

Prepositions beginning with I

One-word prepositions


  • Monkeys live in the jungle.
  • John is the man with his hand in his pocket.
  • I live in an apartment.
  • She lives in Bangkok.
  • Tara was born in 1977.
  • Trains were invented in the nineteenth century.
  • I'll come back in two weeks.
  • Let's meet in the morning.
  • There are 60 seconds in a minute.


  • The price is $70 including $10 for delivery. (Total = $70.)
  • There were four of us, including the baby.


  • It was dark inside the tunnel.
  • My modem is inside my computer. It's an internal modem.


  • John went into that shop.
  • If you heat ice it turns into water.
  • We cut the cake into ten pieces.
  • Five into ten makes two.

Complex prepositions

in addition to

  • There were two people in addition to me. So that made three of us.

in between

  • He is in between the two opinions. He wants to compromise.

in case of

  • You can phone me in case of need. Day or night.

in face of

  • He reacts bravely in face of danger.

in favour of

  • I am not in favour of your idea. It won't work.

in front of

  • You can park your car in front of my house.
  • I couldn't see the film because the woman in front of me was wearing a big hat.

in lieu of

  • I don't have any dollars. Can I pay euro in lieu of dollars?

in spite of

  • We went swimming in spite of the cold water.

instead of

  • We don't have any tea. Would you like coffee instead of tea?

in view of

  • In view of your illness, we will wait for a week.

Prepositions beginning with L

One-word prepositions


  • 10 less 3 = 7.


  • She is like her sister.
  • She sings like a bird.
  • It's not like John to complain.
  • Do it like this.
  • I feel like swimming.
  • It looks like rain.
  • I want something cold, like iced-coffee.

Prepositions beginning with M

One-word prepositions


  • 10 minus 3 = 7.
  • The temperature is minus 30 degrees centigrade.

Prepositions beginning with N

One-word prepositions


  • The school is near the post office.
  • It's 20 December. We are very near Christmas Day.


  • Notwithstanding the low price, I don't want it.
  • They went swimming, notwithstanding the rain.
  • They went swimming, the rain notwithstanding.

Complex prepositions

near to

  • There is a restaurant near to my office. Just two minutes away.

next to

  • The school is next to the bank. Between the hotel and the bank.

Prepositions beginning with O

One-word prepositions


  • I live in the house at the end of the road.
  • Do you like the work of Shakespeare?
  • What was the cost of this book?
  • He lives in the City of Westminster.
  • It was kind of you to help me.
  • This is the cause of the problem.
  • He died of cancer.
  • Most tables are made of wood.
  • Can I have a cup of coffee?
  • I know some of these people.
  • I don't know any of these people.
  • He lives south of London.
  • He lives in the south of London.


  • Please take your shoes off the table.
  • Keep off the grass.
  • It fell off the table and broke.
  • They live in a street off Fifth Avenue.


  • Please don't put your shoes on the table.
  • The picture is on page 7.
  • We live on a busy road. It's very noisy.
  • She is sunbathing on the beach.
  • Is there water on the Moon?
  • I need a book on bio-chemistry.
  • My birthday is on Monday.
  • I start work on 7 May.
  • Let's meet on the weekend. (American English)
  • I'll see you on Christmas Day.
  • You must be on time.
  • He broke his leg on getting out of the car.

onto (mainly  American English) see  on to

  • The cat jumped onto the chair.
  • The police are onto us. (slang)


  • There is a post office opposite my house.
  • She sat opposite him and looked into his eyes.


  • I don‚Äôt live in London. I live outside London.
  • It was very cold outside the car.
  • This is outside my scope.


  • We are flying over the mountains.
  • Put the blanket over the bed.
  • The cat jumped over the wall.
  • Let‚Äôs discuss it over dinner.
  • The king ruled over the country for many years.
  • The town is just over the border.
  • It cost over $50. It was $53.25.
  • There is rain over the whole country.
  • It took over an hour to do my homework.
  • The population has increased over the past twenty years.
  • Can you stay with us over Christmas?

Complex prepositions

on account of

  • Don't worry on account of me. Think about yourself.

on behalf of

  • I'm calling you on behalf of Mr Brown. I represent him in legal matters.

on board

  • Is there a doctor on board this plane?

on to (mainly  British English) see onto

  • The cat jumped on to the chair.

on top of

  • The cat is sitting on top of the television.

opposite to

  • There is a tree opposite to the house. Straight across the road.

other than

  • Sorry, we're out of whisky. But we have every drink other than whisky.

out of

  • Take your hands out of your pockets and help me!
  • He went out of the room to smoke a cigarette.
  • We're out of eggs. Shall I buy some?

outside of

  • They stopped outside of the city to check the map before entering.

owing to

  • We didn't go swimming, owing to the cold weather.

Prepositions beginning with P

One-word prepositions


  • I saw you yesterday when we drove past your school.
  • The post office is just past the police station.
  • Don't work past your bed-time.
  • This is difficult. It's past me.
  • It's nearly ten minutes past five. 5.09 to be precise.


  • We cannot supply you pending payment.
  • Pending his return, we can do nothing.
  • There were many arguments pending the negotiations.


  • The speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
  • The carpet costs $10 per square metre.


  • 2 plus 2 = 4.
  • There will be three of us, plus the baby. So that's four in total.


  • Are you pro capital punishment or against it?
  • He is very modern. He is generally pro new ideas.

Complex prepositions

preparatory to

  • I made a graph preparatory to the meeting, so everything was ready.

prior to

  • I never spoke French prior to living in France. But I learned quickly after coming to France.

Prepositions beginning with R

One-word prepositions


  • Re: your letter dated 21 May
  • I want to talk you re the proposed meeting.


  • I would like to speak to you regarding my homework.
  • Regarding John, let's talk later.


  • I would like to speak to you respecting my homework.
  • I am writing to you respecting our latest products.


  • I live round the corner.
  • They all sat round the fire.
  • There is a hedge round the house.

Complex prepositions

regardless of

  • I don't want it, regardless of the price. Even if it's free, I just don't want it.

Prepositions beginning with S

One-word prepositions

save (formal)

  • All save Mrs Jones were present.

saving (formal)

  • Saving yourself, nobody thanked me.

since (also conjunction)

  • I haven't seen Josef since Monday.
  • Mr Brown has worked in a bank since 1985.

Complex prepositions

save for

  • Everyone came, save for Lek who had to work.

Prepositions beginning with T

One-word prepositions

than (also conjunction)

  • He is a writer than whom there is no finer.
  • Your car is bigger than my car.

through (also thru  - American English)

  • The train goes through a tunnel.
  • I can see light through the keyhole.
  • You have been through a difficult experience.
  • You went thru a red light.
  • The error occurred through my own stupidity.
  • They worked Monday through Thursday. (American English)


  • It is raining throughout the whole country.
  • He worked throughout the day, and most of the night.

till (also conjunction)

  • I work from 9am till 5pm.
  • Please wait till I come.


  • Could you give this to Kob?
  • My car does 10 miles to the litre.
  • To his surprise, the door was open.
  • The museum is open from Monday to Friday.
  • The time is ten to five. [4.50]


  • Touching your homework, I think we need to speak.

towards (mainly  British English), toward (mainly  American English)

  • He drove off toward(s) the mountain.
  • I'd better go. It's getting toward(s) midnight.
  • He contributed $100,000 toward(s) the new building.
  • It's the first step toward(s) peace.
  • He has a positive attitude toward(s) his work.

Complex prepositions

thanks to

  • Thanks to Shirley, we arrived on time.

together with

  • I'd like chicken please, together with vegetables.

Prepositions beginning with U

One-word prepositions


  • The mouse ran under the chair.
  • The bucket is under the sink.
  • Submarines can travel under water.
  • We drove under a bridge.
  • I have a T-shirt under my pullover.
  • Who do you work under? Who is your boss?
  • I am under orders from the President.
  • What is the subject under discussion?
  • Under the company rules, we can't do that.
  • Please buy it if it's under $50.


  • The nurse put a pillow underneath his head.
  • There is a big cellar underneath our house.


  • That's very unusual. It's unlike Andrea to be so rude.
  • This problem is unlike any we have met before.

until (formal; also conjunction)

  • They continued the meeting until 11pm.
  • Please wait until I come.


  • Jack and Jill ran up the hill.
  • There is a post office up the street.

upon (formal)

  • Please don't put your shoes upon the table.
  • There are now no dinosaurs upon Earth.
  • I need a book upon bio-chemistry.
  • We met upon a Monday.
  • He broke his leg upon getting out of the car.

Complex prepositions

up against

  • We are up against a powerful enemy.

up to

  • There was a shop here up to 1990. But it closed that year.

up until

  • We worked up until they came. Then we stopped.

Prepositions beginning with V

One-word prepositions


  • He was the judge in the case of Gore versus Bush.
  • We should choose peace versus war.


  • We flew from Paris to Bangkok via Dubai.

Complex prepositions

vis-à-vis ( from French)

  • I prefer Jaguar cars vis-√†-vis BMW cars.
  • I need to speak to you vis-√†-vis your homework.

Prepositions beginning with W

One-word prepositions


  • Do you live with your parents?
  • He's been with for two years.
  • I discussed it with her.
  • With your permission, I'd like to go.
  • If you mix red with yellow you get orange.
  • Muriel is the girl with black hair.
  • Do you want to come with us?
  • I made this chair with my own hands.
  • You'll forget her with time.


  • There is a modem within the computer.
  • I will finish within 30 minutes.
  • He lives within 10 miles of his work.
  • It's not within my power to help you.


  • I want trousers without buttons.
  • I came without my wife because she is working.
  • He watched without speaking.


  • This car is worth $10,000.

Complex prepositions

with reference to

  • With reference to your comments, I'll reply soon.
  • I am writing with reference to your order.

with regard to

  • I'd like to speak to you with regard to your work.

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