Prepositions of Place

Last updated: July 13, 2017 at 14:41 pm

place photoJust as we have prepositions of time, we also have prepositions of place. The preposition of place describes where something is located in reference to something else. The preposition of place may also describe where something occurred or may occur. Prepositions of place include: at, in, on, by, near, close to, next to, beside, between, behind, in front of, above, over, below, under.

The Preposition of Place: At

The preposition of place “at” is used to describe specific points or locations. Here are some examples:

  1. Meet us at the football field.
  2. I met her at the school.
  3. I saw him at the market.

The Preposition of Place: In

The preposition of place “in” is used to describe enclosed spaces. Here are some examples:

  1. The dog is in the kennel.
  2. My friend is in the house.
  3. He is in the classroom.

The Preposition of Place: On

The preposition of place “on” is used to describe surfaces or tops of things. Here are some examples:

  1. The food is on the table.
  2. Leave it on the ground.
  3. Put the cap on your head.

The Preposition of Place: By

The preposition of place “by” is used to describe lack of distance. Here are some examples:

  1. The shop is by the corner.
  2. I am going by the library.
  3. We are going by the river.

The Preposition of Place: Near to

The preposition of place “near” is also used to describe lack of distance. Here are some examples:

  1. She was standing near to me.
  2. The animal was sitting near to the mountain.
  3. He walked near to the edge of the cliff.

Note: Both “near” or “near to” are correct.

The Preposition of Place: Close to

The preposition of place “close to” is also used to describe lack of distance. Here are some examples:

  1. He stood close to the road.
  2. He animal was coming close to us.
  3. We saw a bird close to the sky.

The Preposition of Place: Next to

The preposition of place “next to” is used to describe adjacency. Here are some examples:

  1. He was standing next to me at the assembly.
  2. I stood next to car.
  3. There was a girl standing next to him.

The Preposition of Place: Beside

The preposition of place “beside” is also used to describe adjacency. Here are some examples:

  1. We sat beside the fire.
  2. The dog ran beside me.
  3. We saw some bushes beside the house.

The Preposition of Place: Between

The preposition of place “between” is used to describe something in the middle of two people or things. Here are some examples:

  1. A fence stood between the two houses.
  2. There was a narrow passageway between the two houses.
  3. He put the egg between two slices of bread and ate it.

The Preposition of Place: Behind

The preposition of place “behind” is used to describe something at the back of something. Here are some examples:

  1. He hid behind a tree.
  2. There was a house behind the shop.
  3. Sometimes the sun hides behind the clouds.

The Preposition of Place: in front of

The preposition of place “in front of” is used to describe something situated before something. Here are some examples:

  1. A teacher stands in front of the classroom.
  2. A gate is located in front of the house.
  3. We are standing in front of the cinema.

The Preposition of Place: Above

The preposition of place “above” is used to describe something higher than something. Here are some examples:

  1. The building towered above our heads.
  2. The birds flew above the houses.
  3. The sky is above the earth.

The Preposition of Place: Over

The preposition of place “over” is also used to describe something higher than something else. Here are some examples:

  1. The birds flew over the house.
  2. The plane few over the sea.
  3. We jumped over the puddles.

Note: While the prepositions of place “above, over” are both used to describe something higher than something, there is a slight difference. The preposition “over” can be used to describe something higher than something and, at the time same time, in contact with that thing. For example:

Correct: He spread the cloth over the table.

Incorrect: He spread the cloth above the table.

The Preposition of Place: Below

The preposition of place “below” is used to describe something lower than something. Here are some examples:

  1. The river flows below the bridge.
  2. The clouds float under the sky.
  3. What mysteries lie below the ocean!

The Preposition of Place: Under

The preposition of place “under” is also used to describe something lower than something. Here are some examples:

  1. Put a pillow under your head.
  2. There is a monster under your bed!
  3. The pen is under the table.

Note: While the prepositions of place “under, below” are both used to describe something lower than something, “under” can be used to describe something lower than, and directly in with, something else. Example:

Correct: He is lying under the blanket.

Incorrect: He is lying below the blanket.

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