Prepositions of Movement

Prepositions of movement show movement from one place to another place. These prepositions always describe movement and we usually use them with verbs of motion.

The most common preposition of movement is the preposition to, which describes movement in the direction of something, for example:

Prepositions of movement are also called prepositions of direction.

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Some prepositions of movement

Prepositions of Movement list

Here is a list of the most common prepositions of movement, with example sentences for each one:

across: movement from one side to the other side of something

around: movement passing something in a curved route, not going through it

away from: indicating the point where a movement begins

down: movement from a higher point to a lower point of something

from: indicating the point where a movement begins

into: movement to an enclosed space; movement resulting in physical contact

off: movement away from (and often down from) something

on to, onto: movement to the top surface of something

out of: indicating the enclosed space where a movement begins

over: movement above and across the top or top surface of something

past: movement from one side to the other side of something

to: movement in the direction of something

through | thru (AmE): movement in one side and out of the other side of something

towards | toward (mostly AmE): movement in the direction of something

under: movement directly below something

up: movement from a lower point to a higher point of something

Example sentences with Prepositions of Movement

Here are some more example sentences showing prepositions of movement in context: