English Preposition List

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“Extremely useful ebook full of examples and visual aids to learn prepositions.” Inés Barbero

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By Josef Essberger, Founder, EnglishClub/Tefl.NET


Josef Essberger, founder of EnglishClub/TEFL.net
Josef Essberger, Founder, EnglishClub/Tefl.NET

This prepositions list shows you all English prepositions and gives you example sentences for each one.

Prepositions can be divided into:

  • one-word prepositions (after, in, under)
  • complex prepositions (apart from, because of, in spite of)

This ebook lists almost all the one-word prepositions and most of the complex prepositions. Here’s what it contains:

150 English prepositions, including…

  • 94 one-word prepositions
  • 56 complex prepositions
  • 400 example sentences
  • 200 quiz questions
  • illustrations
  • answers

This ebook is not a “dictionary of prepositions” because it doesn’t give meanings, which you can find in any dictionary. What it does is to give you virtually all the English prepositions in one place and show you 400 example sentences showing prepositions in context. It also tests your understanding with 200 preposition quiz questions (answers supplied).

This ebook contains a list of most English prepositions in use today.

The first section lists “one-word prepositions” (for example before, into, on). The second section lists “complex prepositions” (phrases of two or more words that function like one-word prepositions, for example according to, but for, in spite of).

The name “preposition” (pre + position) means “place before”. Prepositions usually come before another word, usually a noun or noun phrase:

  • noun
  • pronoun
  • noun phrase
  • gerund (verb in -ing form)

If a preposition does not come before another word, it is still closely linked to another word:

  • Who did you talk to?
  • To whom did you talk?
  • I talked to Jane.

Many prepositions can also be adverbs:

  • They are in the kitchen. preposition
  • Please come in. adverb

A few prepositions can also be conjunctions:

  • Everyone came but Tara. preposition
  • I asked her but she didn’t answer. conjunction

English Prepositions List samples

Abbreviations used in this ebook:
conj. = conjunction
UK = mainly British English
US = mainly American English

This ebook is written in British English.


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90 reviews for English Preposition List

  1. Profr. José Antonio Avilés Cosio, Instituto de Inglés América, La Paz, Mexico

    I find it really useful.

  2. Feroz Tarafder

    Wow..this book is really very handy…Very useful book. This book is very easy and clear to understand of preposition. Highly recommended

  3. Paul Price (verified owner)

    I am so impressed with this book! I used it for the first time with my class and their reactions, participation, and skill level was the highest I have seen from them!


  4. Emelaynova Kochanov, Learner of English, Russia

    This English Prepositions List helped me with IELTS because I was weak with prepositions and wanted to understand how to use them better. The example sentences and pictures are a big help, and I did find the quizzes good for testing me. Thank you EnglishClub, I passed IELTS!

  5. Francis Fillon

    Actually I found this ebook perfectly reasonable and helped me with prepositions which we know are not easy to get right in the context. But the sentences help me and the quizzes and pics make me understand everything better.

  6. Tabassum Z

    I am preparing for my TOEFL. Since prepositions help us write natural sounding sentences, and that’s important for TOEFL, I need to know as much about them as possible. This book has added greatly to my knowledge and correct use of prepositions.

  7. Catherine V.

    As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I find this book useful both in the classroom and for students studying at home. It lists practically all prepositions in use today. It gives example sentences for each preposition, and has some good exercises that let students practise and get a better understanding. The quizzes are useful for students at home but can also be printed for the classroom – which I do all the time now. It is well-organized, and the illustrations are really helpful in helping my students understand some of the prepositions.

  8. Jacki M. (verified owner)

    This book is very helpful. The only suggestion I have is to add a column with the rules.

  9. Richard Harms (verified owner)

    Great book on prepositions. I don’t think that anyone could do a better job in presenting a resource like this. I wish that I would have had it in elementary school, middle school, high school and college (through graduate school.)

    I bought the book for my grand-kids (8 and 22 years old.).

  10. Carmen Martínez (verified owner)

    Easy to read, not too long, just perfect to know what I need.

  11. Karen Wegley (verified owner)

    This is a great reference list to help decide which preposition to use when you’re writing, and you need somme mental prompting.

  12. Wora Tularuk

    This book is well organized, easy to understand also very useful when writing or even speaking. This book really helps me solve my problem about prepositions.
    Recommend to have one !

  13. Zdenek Vasek (verified owner)

    This book is very useful for the lerners of English. The explanations are clear, the particular prepositions are covered smartly and if the one is really interested in deeper knowledge, the book is organised to be motivating for them.

  14. HÜSEYİN ATABAY (verified owner)

    I have just bought the book called “English Preposition” and had a look at shortly. It is well organized with many examples. It is a good source for learning many things about challenging subject named prepositions in English. I recommend it sincerely for English learners.
    Kind regards.

  15. Lee Davis (verified owner)

    This one is a no brainier…comprehensive, downloadable, low price. Enough said.

  16. Inés Barbero (verified owner)

    Extremely useful book full of examples and visual aid to learn prepositions.

  17. Mavis (verified owner)

    I am happy to use this book, the list of prepositions is clear and the quizzes help learners to understand them more.

  18. John Vincent (verified owner)

    This book serves well as a quick reference guide to see how different prepositions function in sentences. I especially liked the diagrams, and there were also some unusual prepositions that a student might not always encounter in a regular text.

  19. Rhonda (verified owner)

    The book is helpful, particularly to a new speaker of the language. The examples are key to understanding the use of prepositions. It is easy to read and follow the quizzes to see how well one can use the prepositions.

    However, as a fiction writer, I was looking for an advanced view of prepositions to help distinguish when I should use “in the fall or during the fall” or similar situations. The book touched on the use of prepositions that relate to time and place. It is that feature I was hoping for more depth.

    The book likely accomplished what it set out to do for a less-literary audience than me. Thanks, I will use it and keep looking for a more in-depth study of prepositions.

  20. robert Monks

    a clear outline of important prepositions with good examples. Also there is a quiz (there are answers) to test your comprehension. very useful.

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  22. Burton Langille (verified owner)

    This is a valuable addition to any ESL teacher’s resource library. The material is well presented with all the tools we need for building lessons.

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    This book is really interesting ever. I used it with my learners and they were kind of surprised by the way prepositions are used and what they used to think about some of them.

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    I am an ESL teacher, and I constantly look for clear, simple ways to cover prepositions. This book is direct with fantastic illustions, examples and quizzes. I highly recommend this book and EnglishClub.com to both teachers and students!

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    I am very satisfied and it makes building lessons a breeze.

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