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70 Common Prepositions with Example Sentences

List of 70 one-word prepositions

This is a short list of 70 of the more common one-word prepositions, each with an example sentence. Note that some of these prepositions have more than one meaning. Please refer to a dictionary for precise meaning and usage. For a fuller list of 150 prepositions with example sentences see this long prepositions list.

aboard: I felt a sense of excitement as soon as I stepped aboard the cruise ship.

about: I’ve been thinking a lot about our upcoming project.

above: The painting hanging above the fireplace is one of my favouritesUK/favoritesUS.

across: I walked across the bridge to get to the other side of the river.

after: I always feel energized after a good workout.

against: I leaned against the wall while waiting for the bus.

along: I enjoy jogging along the beach every morning.

amid: Amid all the chaos, I managed to find a moment of peace.

among: I felt comfortable among my old friends at the reunion.

anti: I support anti-bullying campaigns in our community.

around: I looked around the room but couldn’t find my keys.

as: As a teacher, I strive to inspire my students.

at: I’ll meet you at the café near the park.

before: I always review my notes before an important meeting.

behind: I noticed a shadow moving behind the curtain.

below: I could hear footsteps in the apartment below mine.

beneath: I found my lost earring beneath the sofa cushion.

beside: I keep a glass of water beside my bed at night.

besides: Besides painting, I also enjoy photography.

between: I have to choose between two job offers.

beyond: The view from the top of the hill extends beyond the horizon.

but: I wanted to go to the party, but I had too much work to do.

by: I love reading by the window where the light is good.

concerning: I received an email concerning the upcoming meeting.

considering: Considering the weather, I think we should postpone the picnic.

despite: Despite the rain, we decided to go hiking.

down: I live just down the street from the library.

during: During the movie, I realized I had seen it before.

except: I like all fruits except bananas.

excepting: Excepting the last chapter, the book was quite dull.

excluding: Excluding holidays, I work five days a week.

following: Following the concert, we went out for dinner.

for: I bought a gift for my friend’s birthday.

from: I received a letter from my cousin in Italy.

in: I prefer working in a quiet environment.

inside: I left my phone inside the car.

into: I accidentally bumped into an old friend at the store.

like: I felt like going for a walk in the park.

minus: The total cost, minus the discount, is quite reasonable.

near: There’s a great bakery near my house.

of: The smell of fresh coffee always wakes me up.

off: I slipped off my shoes as soon as I got home.

on: I like to work on my hobbies during the weekends.

onto: I carefully placed the vase onto the shelf.

opposite: My office is located opposite the main square.

outside: I prefer to exercise outside in the fresh air.

over: I hung the picture over the couch.

past: I drove past your house on my way to work.

per: I can write about 1,000 words per hour.

plus: The job offers a good salary plus benefits.

regarding: I had a few questions regarding the new policy.

round: We gathered round the table for dinner.

save: Everyone went to the party save for John, who was sick.

since: I’ve been much happier since I changed jobs.

than: I prefer tea rather than coffee.

through: I read through the entire document carefully.

to: I walked to the store to buy some groceries.

toward: I’m working toward completing my degree by next year.

towards: She has a very positive attitude towards her work.

under: The cat likes to hide under the bed.

underneath: I found the missing piece of the puzzle underneath the table.

unlike: Unlike my brother, I enjoy spicy food.

until: I will stay at the office until my work is finished.

up: I looked up at the stars in the night sky.

upon: Once upon a time, there was a little village in the mountains.

versus: The next game is our team versus the champions.

via: I sent the documents via email.

with: I like to start my day with a cup of coffee.

within: I completed the project within the deadline.

without: I can’t imagine going a day without my morning coffee.

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