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
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.
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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.