How many prepositions of place do you know in English? Discover with this post whether or not you are out of place with the prepositions of place.
Prepositions in English have many grammatical functions but, first of all, prepositions join two words in the sentence pointing out the relationship between them. This relationship can be of place, time or another circumstance. Regarding prepositions of place in English, you can find the main ones in the following list:
About, above, across, after, against, along, amidst, among(st), around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside(s), between, beyond, by, down, for, from, in, inside, into, in front of, near, next to, off, on, opposite, outside, over, past, round, through, to, towards, under, underneath, up, within
There were many books lying about the room.
This preposition is used to indicate superior level:
We were flying above the clouds.
200 m. above sea level.
ABOVE AND OVER
Both prepositions mean in Spanish “por encima de/encima de” but we use above to indicate superior
level and over is used to express movement, the idea of “al otro lado de” and/or something covered.
He jumped/looked over the fence.
They spread a blanket over the body.
This preposition of place means in Spanish “a través de, al otro lado de” and it is used when we want to talk about surfaces, areas and spaces:
He walked across the road.
He lives across the street.
*ACROSS AND THROUGH
Both prepositions mean in Spanish “a través de” but we use across to talk about surfaces,
areas and spaces and through to talk about volumes.
Across the road.
Through the tunnel.
We use this preposition to indicate the order in a particular place:
The object must be placed after the verb.
Put the chair against the wall.
They walked along the road.
This preposition is rarely used and its meaning in Spanish is “en medio de”.
They planted it amidst the roses.
To indicate a particular point among(st) several objects.
Hidden among(st) the bushes.
*AMONG(ST) AND BETWEEN
Both prepositions mean in Spanish “entre” but we use between to indicate a particular point between two objects or several objects referring to the idea of a group.
Between France and Spain.
Between the table and the wall.
Between these four walls.
A journey around the world.
- We use this preposition to talk about a particular position in a place: He’s at the bus-stop
- And to talk about a direction:He threw the stone at me
*AT, IN AND ON
These three prepositions of place mean in Spanish “en” but we use in with the meaning similar
to inside and on with the meaning of covering something:
In the drawer.
On the table.
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There she stood before my eyes.
He was hiding behind the door.
Below sea level.
Below the age of fifteen.
*BELOW AND UNDER
Both prepositions mean in Spanish “debajo de/por debajo de” but we use under to indicate that something is completely covered and to indicate movement:
Under the table
Under the covers
He tried to crawl under the wire fence
We use below to indicate a lower level:
The valley below the hill
100 m. below sea level