List of Common Prepositions

In this article, we help you learn about the most commonly used prepositions. These would go a long way in helping you understand the usage of prepositions in english grammar. Use this article as a revision tool in your spare time.
Prepositions:
Prepositions are words that link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition is simply a short word (like in, at, to) commonly placed before a noun (sometimes also before gerund verbs). Learning prepositions can pose a problem as there are no set rules to follow. Besides, an exact translation is usually not possible. A single preposition in a native language may have many translations depending on the situation. The best way to learn prepositions is to note them carefully while looking up a dictionary for word meanings. In addition, extensive reading and an alert mind can be a great help.
Example: The book is on the table.
A prepositional phrase is made up of the preposition, its object and any associated adjectives or adverbs. A prepositional phrase can function as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb.
Example: At home, in time.
Frequently Used Prepositions
Go through the list of most common prepositions along with their uses and examples.
1.  AT
Uses:Example:
next to, by an objectat the gate, at the door
for tableat the dinner table
for eventsat a dance show, at a get-together
place for doing typical workat a multiplex, at college, at home
(watch a movie, study, work)

2. ON
Uses:Example:
attachedthe photo on the wall
a place by a riverAllahabad is located on the Sangam.
on a surfacemy book is on the table
a certain side (right, left)on the left of the road
a storey in a buildingon the top floor
public transporton a train, on a plane
3. IN
Uses:Example:
hall, house, street, town, cityin India, in Kanpur
magazine, book, newspaperin The Tribune
cab, auto rickshawsitting in a cab
picture, worldnot in the picture, in her own world
4. UNDER
Uses:Example:
on the ground, lower than something elsethe purse is under the stool
5. BELOW
Uses:Example:
lower than something but above groundthe impurities are below the surface
6. OVER
Uses:Example:
covered by somethingput a cover over the dish
more thanover 80 years of age
getting to the other sideclimb over the wall
overcoming an obstaclewalk over the bridge
7. ABOVE
Uses:Example:
higher than but not directly over ita bridge above the lake
8. BY, NEXT TO, BESIDE
Uses:Example:
left or right of somebody/ somethingGili is standing by / next to / beside the scooter.
9. ACROSS
Uses:Example:
going to the other sidea lake walk across a road, row across
10. THROUGH
Uses:Example:
with limits on all sidesdrive through the tunnel
11. TO
Uses:Example:
move to a person/ buildinggo to Ram first, go to the school
move to a place/ countrygo to the cinema, go to Kolkata
for bedgo to bed at night
12. INTO
Uses:Example:
enter a room / buildinggo into the garage / the kitchen
13. TOWARDS
Uses:Example:
move in a directiongo towards the house/ the north
14. ONTO
Uses:Example:
move to the top of somethingjump onto the table, get onto the car
15. FROM
Uses:Example:
where fromalmonds from Afghanistan
16. Made of
Uses:Example:
when only physical change is thereThis table is made of wood
17. Made from
Uses:Example:
when physical as well as chemical change is there.Curd is made from mil
Prepositions: Key Learning
  • Practice will help you to master the rules of Prepositions.
  • Follow the simple rules given in the article and solve as many questions as you can.
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