Most Frequently Used Prepositions in English

Most Frequently Used Prepositions In English

 
The following table contains rules for some of the most frequently used prepositions in English:
PrepositionsEnglish         Usage   Example
·        on ·        days of the week    ·        on Monday
·        in   ·        months / seasons
·        time of day
·        year
·        after a certain period of time (when?)          ·        in August / in winter
·        in the morning
·        in 2006
·        in an hour
·        at   ·        for night
·        for weekend
·        a certain point of time (when?)        ·        at night
·        at the weekend
·        at half past nine
·        since            ·        from a certain point of time (past till now)  ·        since 1980
·        for ·        over a certain period of time (past till now)                ·        for 2 years
·        ago               ·        a certain time in the past     ·        2 years ago
·        before         ·        earlier than a certain point of time  ·        before 2004
·        to  ·        telling the time        ·        ten to six (5:50)
·        past              ·        telling the time        ·        ten past six (6:10)
·        to / till / until             ·        marking the beginning and end of a period of time ·        from Monday to/till Friday
·        till / until     ·        in the sense of how long something is going to last ·        He is on holiday until Friday.
 
·        by  ·        in the sense of at the latest
·        up to a certain time               ·        I will be back by 6 o’clock.
·        By 11 o’clock, I had read five pages.
English  Usage   Example
·        in   ·        room, building, street, town, country
·        book, paper etc.
·        car, taxi
·        picture, world          ·        in the kitchen, in London
·        in the book
·        in the car, in a taxi
·        in the picture, in the world
·        at   ·        meaning next to, by an object
·        for table
·        for events
·        place where you are to do something typical (watch a film, study, work)      ·        at the door, at the station
·        at the table
·        at a concert, at the party
·        at the cinema, at school, at work
·        on ·        attached
·        for a place with a river
·        being on a surface
·        for a certain side (left, right)
·        for a floor in a house
·        for public transport
·        for television, radio               ·        the picture on the wall
·        London lies on the Thames.
·        on the table
·        on the left
·        on the first floor
·        on the bus, on a plane
·        on TV, on the radio
·        by, next to, beside ·        left or right of somebody or something        ·        Jane is standing by / next to / beside the car.
·        under          ·        on the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else ·        the bag is under the table
·        below          ·        lower than something else but above ground           ·        the fish are below the surface
·        over             ·        covered by something else
·        meaning more than
·        getting to the other side (also across)
·        overcoming an obstacle       ·        put a jacket over your shirt
·        over 16 years of age
·        walk over the bridge
·        climb over the wall
·        above          ·        higher than something else, but not directly over it                ·        a path above the lake
·        across          ·        getting to the other side (also over)
·        getting to the other side     ·        walk across the bridge
·        swim across the lake
·        through      ·        something with limits on top, bottom and the sides               ·        drive through the tunnel
·        to  ·        movement to person or building
·        movement to a place or country
·        for bed        ·        go to the cinema
·        go to London / Ireland
·        go to bed
·        into               ·        enter a room / a building     ·        go into the kitchen / the house
·        towards      ·        movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it)        ·        go 5 steps towards the house
·        onto             ·        movement to the top of something               ·        jump onto the table
·        from             ·        in the sense of where from               ·        a flower from the garden
English  Usage   Example
·        from             ·        who gave it               ·        a present from Jane
·        of  ·        who/what does it belong to
·        what does it show  ·        a page of the book
·        the picture of a palace
·        by  ·        who made it             ·        a book by Mark Twain
·        on ·        walking or riding on horseback
·        entering a public transport vehicle  ·        on foot, on horseback
·        get on the bus
·        in   ·        entering a car / Taxi               ·        get in the car
·        off ·        leaving a public transport vehicle     ·        get off the train
·        out of          ·        leaving a car / Taxi  ·        get out of the taxi
·        by  ·        rise or fall of something
·        travelling (other than walking or horseriding)            ·        prices have risen by 10 percent
·        by car, by bus
·        at   ·        for age        ·        she learned Russian at 45
·        about           ·        for topics, meaning what about       ·        we were talking about you

Most Frequently Used Prepositions In English

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