Prepositions of place

Discover the prepositions of place of English grammar! Here you can find videos, rules and examples to learn when and how to use the most common prepositions of place. Then, download a printable worksheet and practice with interactive exercises to get better at using these prepositions.

Notes

Why do we use prepositions of place?
We use prepositions of place to say wherethings are.

Here you have some examples:

  • At
  • Under
  • Between
  • ...

 

Go on and find out more about it!

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Prepositions of place - Videos with examples

Watch the videos above, the first video has a slow voice speed and the other one has a faster voice speed. Listen to the dialogue and find out sentences with examples of preposition of place.

"LISA, CLAIRE, SAM AND TOM ARE AT SCHOOL.

THEY ARE PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK IN THE PARK NEXT TO THE SCHOOL.

 LISA IS HIDING ON THE TREE. CLAIRE IS HIDING UNDER THE SLIDE.

SAM IS HIDING BEHIND THIS BUSH AND TOM IS COUNTING TO 10 IN FRONT OF THE WALL."

When to use "AT" and "IN"

In English, we use the prepostion AT to indicate a SINGLE POINT.

For example:

  • I am at school.
  • She is at home.

 

Differently, we use the preposition IN for an ENCLOSED SPACE.

For example:

  • He is in the kitchen.
  • They are in the bedroom.

When to use "ON" and "UNDER"

We use the preposition ON to refer to a SURFACE.

For example:

  • The book is on the table.

 

On the other hand, we use UNDER when one object is covered by another.

For example:

  • He hides under the covers.

When to use "IN FRONT OF" and "BEHIND"

We use IN FRONT OF when someone/something is facing someone/something.

For example:

  • She parks her car in front of my house.

 

Instead, BEHIND is the opposite of IN FRONT OF.

For example:

  • She parks her car behind my car.

When to use "NEXT TO" and "NEAR"

We use NEXT TO when someone or something is at the side of another person or thing.

For example:

  •  The bride stands next to the groom.

 

We use NEAR when there is more of a distance between the two persons or objects.

For example:

  • My house is near the school.

When to use "BETWEEN" and "AMONG"

We use BETWEEN when something or someone is in the middle of two other things or persons.

For example:

  • Oscar is sitting between Lisa and Albert. 

 

We use AMONG when something or someone is in the middle of three or more other things or persons.

For example:

  • Claire is sitting among other patients. 

Worksheet with prepositions of place

Now you know the most important prepositions of place of English grammar.

Download the worksheet with prepositions of place and practise using them!