Common prepositions: usage

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

It is difficult to learn to use prepositions correctly in a foreign language. Most English prepositions have several different functions. At the same time different prepositions can have very similar uses. Here are some of the most common prepositions in English. Example sentences and explanations are given to illustrate the usage of each preposition.

Sections in this article

About
Above and over
Across
Along
Around
Before
Below and under
Beside
Between
By and with
From
During, in and for
At
But
Down
For
In
Of
Off
On
Into and Out of
In and into, on and onto
Behind
Beyond
Against

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