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Prepositions beginning with P

One-word prepositions


  • I saw you yesterday when we drove past your school.
  • The post office is just past the police station.
  • Don't work past your bed-time.
  • This is difficult. It's past me.
  • It's nearly ten minutes past five. 5.09 to be precise.


  • We cannot supply you pending payment.
  • Pending his return, we can do nothing.
  • There were many arguments pending the negotiations.


  • The speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
  • The carpet costs $10 per square metre.


  • 2 plus 2 = 4.
  • There will be three of us, plus the baby. So that's four in total.


  • Are you pro capital punishment or against it?
  • He is very modern. He is generally pro new ideas.

Complex prepositions

preparatory to

  • I made a graph preparatory to the meeting, so everything was ready.

prior to

  • I never spoke French prior to living in France. But I learned quickly after coming to France.

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