Prepositions can get somewhat tricky, and so knowing the differences in context is very important. Prepositions denote location both in space and time. Under, over, and by  are all prepositions because they tell us where something or someone is located. The same happens with before, during, and after. These tell us, in relation to time, when an event took or will take place. Prepositions become difficult when we get phrases such as: “pulled up the road,” “knock yourself out,” and “hang in there.” Learning when to use which preposition takes practice and consideration.

Below is a list of common prepositions in alphabetical order. After that we have listed some of the most common prepositions with written examples.

List of Common Prepositions

Aboard, About,  Above,  Across,  After,

Against,  As,  At,  Along,  Among,

Around,  Before,  Behind,  Below,  Beneath,

Beside,  Between,  By,  Down,  During,

Except,  For,  From,  In,  Into,

Near,  Next,  Of,  Off,  On,

Onto,  Out,  Outside,  Over,  Past,

Round,  Since,  Through,  Throughout,  To,

Towards,  Under,  Underneath,  Until,  Up,

With,  Within, Without

Example Sentences

The giant was as tall as the Eiffel Tower. 3d cartoon figure next to eiffel tower. Both are the same height.

The fiddler sat on the roof.3d cartoon of a man standing on a roof of a log cabin.

The magic school bus was parked at the stop sign.3d cartoon of a yellow schoolbus parked in front of a giant red stop sign.

We drove into the woods.3d cartoon of a green truck with a yellow truckbed driving toward a white forest treeline.

He stood among wildflowers and tall grass3d cartoon of a man in a hat standing in a flower bush..


Felicity walked by the clock tower.

The cat sat in the box.

Harry Potter is about love.

Sauron is an eye made of fire.

Ron jumped onto the desk

We drove to Mom’s house.

Samwise was walking with Frodo.

Passing this test is within your abilities.

Tricky Prepositions

In vs. Into

In indicates that an object is inside a specific object whereas into shows that an object is moving in order to be inside an object.

Charlotte was in the web.

Clark stepped into the phone booth.

On vs. Onto

On indicates that an object is on top of a specific object whereas onto shows that an object is moving in order to be on top of an object.

Babe sat on the grass.

The Titans danced onto the football field.

With vs. Within

With indicates that an object is near or alongside a specific object whereas within shows that an object is moving in order to be in between or inside an object.

Buttercup sat with Westley.

Cinderella had to be home within a certain time frame.