Prepositions List - Most Used Prepositions In English Grammar

This article will acquaint candidates with the List of Prepositions in English Grammar. Knowledge of common prepositions will help them to clear the English section of any competitive exam very easily. 

Candidates can go through important Preposition Rules in the linked article.

Aspirants who are willing to apply for the various Government exams must go through the list of prepositions and common prepositions of English carefully as the English language is a key part of the syllabus for most of these exams.

Candidates can check the detailed syllabus of various government exams in the links given below:

Bank Exam Syllabus SSC Syllabus RRB Syllabus
LIC Syllabus UPSC Syllabus UPSC CAPF Syllabus


List of Prepositions

There are hundreds of prepositions in English grammar. This is quite small when you think of thousands of other words like verbs, nouns, etc. However, we use prepositions more frequently than any other words in English. 

Check General English For Competitive exams for more articles based on concepts, rules, lists with example sentences, questions and answers, etc. for the preparation of the English section of competitive exams.

Given below is the list of most common prepositions used in the English language. Along with the prepositions, the list specifies the type of preposition and an example sentence for each of the prepositions, which would help candidates to understand them better.   

Common Prepositions List

Preposition Type Example Sentence
above position There was a display of fireworks above the town.
across position His dog lay across his lap.
direction The vendor walked across the street to sell fruits.
after time Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Texas.
against position The grasscutter was kept against the fence.
direction My aunt threw the painting against the wall.
along direction The road led along the forest.
among position The child hid among the trees.
around position The fence around the house is necessary for safety.
at location They have a dishwasher at home.
time Today the meeting is at 6 p.m.  
away from direction The hospital staff led the body away from the other patients.
before time I go to the gym before college.
behind position We parked the car behind the school building.
below position Just below the pocket was a stain.
beneath position There is a tunnel beneath the Alps.
beside position He sat beside her in the front seat.
between position The garden between the two houses is beautiful
by position Go by the road to reach your destination.
time By the time the guests arrived, the snacks were over.
down direction He goes up and down the stairs for a workout.
during time His phone rang during the meeting with the CEO.
for time They went to Dubai for a week.
from direction He came running from home to catch the bus.
time The show will run from 10 p.m to 12 p.m.
in position His mother kept his clothes in the cupboard.
location My parents are living in Japan.
time The play will end in some minutes.
in front of position He was waiting for his friend in front of the pub.
inside position The cat hid inside the drawer.
into direction Put the food into the fridge.
near position The car was parked near the mall.
next to position The best friends sat next to each other.
off  direction She rolled off the stairs.
on position The jug is on the shelf.
location Her house is on the main road
time My vacation begins on Tuesday.
onto direction The dog jumped onto his lap.
out of direction The cab arrived the moment they walked out of the hotel.
outside location There was an old man outside the temple.
over position He saw flames over the school building.
direction She jumped over the rat.
through position A long tunnel goes through these mountains.
direction He chose to walk through the subway.
till time They waited till the guests arrived to cut the cake.
to direction She prefers walking to work.
time The party is from 9 to 11.
toward(s) direction The steamer sailed towards the riverbank.
under position The rat is under my bed.
direction The fish swam under the ship.
underneath position Their bedroom is right underneath ours.
until time She can’t wait until next month for the treatment.
up direction We climbed up the mountains to see the serene view.

Candidates preparing for the upcoming government exams must carefully go through the list of prepositions to ace the English Language section. 

Take up the exercise on Prepositions Questions And Answers to practise well for the exams. Candidates can also go through important questions and answers on different general English topics given below for practice and revision.

More such important questions and answers pertaining to different English language topics are given on the Verbal Ability page, check the link for assistance.

Aspirants of various government exams can go through the differences between the most common but confusing words to gain clarity and avoid mistakes while solving questions of general English in the examinations.

Difference Between Award and Reward Difference Between Fair and Fare
Difference Between Affect and Effect Difference Between Besides and Beside

Check out 100 difference between articles for revision on the linked page to analyse the differences between various concepts, important subjects, topics, etc. for exam preparation.

Check other topics relevant for government exam preparation: 

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Also, check Previous Year Question Papers with solution PDF to understand the types of questions asked in the general awareness section of these examinations.

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