Prepositions in English(Rules)

A preposition is a bridge between a noun and the rest of the sentences.  A Preposition tells us where or when something is in relation to something else.  Most prepositions have several definitions, so the meaning changes quite a bit in different contexts.  Ending a sentence with a preposition is not a grammatical error.

preposition rule

Types of Prepositions:

  • Prepositions of Time
  • Prepositions of Place
  • Prepositions of Movement
  • Prepositions with Verbs
  • Prepositions with Nouns
  • Prepositions with Adjectives
  • Prepositions of location
  • Prepositions of space
preposition grammar

Preposition of Time

in, at, since, until, for, ago, during, before, after, to/past, from/to

  • 1. On Monday, On April 1st, On Christmas Eve, On weekends
  • 2. in the evening, in the summer, in June, in 1990, in future
  • 3. at 12 PM, at noon, at night, learned Swimming at 30
  • 4. Since 1990, since yesterday
  • 5. Until Tuesday
  • 6. for 3 years
  • 7. a while ago, a decade ago
  • 8. during the vacation
  • 9. before monsoon
  • 10. after breakfast
  • 11. 5 to 2(1:55), ten past two (2:10)
  • 12. from the beginning

Preposition of Place

in, at on, off, by, beside, under, over, below, above, up and down

  1. in America; in the novel, in the mirror; in sorrow
  2. at home,  at the table; at my side at the party, at the cinema; at school
  3. on the bench,  on my arms, on the wall, on holiday, on the train, bus, on the
  4. off the table, went off to Australia, got off the train
  5. beside the car, stand by me
  6. under the table, underwater
  7. over 100 years
  8. below the surface
  9. above the door
  10. went up
  11. walking down the street

Preposition of Movement

across, through, to into, out of, onto, towards, from

  1. across the street; lines across the paper
  2. through the tunnel; a tour through France
  3. go to bed, face to face
  4. went into the kitchen; crashed into a tree
  5. drag your self out of bed
  6. the monkey jumped onto the table
  7. towards the office
  8. a note from the principal

Preposition with Nouns


  1. He displayed cruelty toward his wife.
  2. She knew the art of dance.
  3. This is not the age at which you are allowed to marry
  4. The women held an inquiry onto her husband.

Preposition with Verbs

  1. He admitted to the charge.
  2. I go to Vancouver on vacation twice a year.
  3. William can relate to the character in the play.
  4. He must apologize for his actions.
  5. We searched for ages before we found the perfect apartment.
  6. I provide for my family by working two jobs.
  7. I don’t agree with your claim.
  8. I dream of a better life.
  9. Fallon lives in New York.

Preposition with Adjectives

  1. I am happily married to my husband.
  2. She was crazy about the quiz.
  3. My friend is in gambling.
  4. Is he still angry on his cousin?
  5. The entire country was astonished by the election results.