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English prepositions video

 

In this lesson I discuss important English prepositions, with examples. Please see my notes below.

 

See a visual representation of prepositions here: https://learnbritishenglish.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/prepositions/

 

List of common English prepositions

about
above
across
after
against
along
amongst
around
as
at
before
behind
below
beneath
beside
between
beyond
by
despite
down
during
except
for
from
in
including
inside
into
like
near
next
of
off
on
onto
opposite
out
outside
over
past
through
to
towards
under
until
up
upon
with
without

 

Prepositional pronouns

Me

You

Him

Her

It

Us

Them

 

Using prepositions

 

For times, use “at”:

“They’ll meet us at seven o’clock.”

“I start work every day at 8:30.”

 

To describe activities on days of the week and during periods of days, use “on”:

On Saturdays, I go shopping.”

“She was at the gym on Thursday afternoon.”

 

You go “to” a country or place; you are “in” a country or place:

This is a common mistake, so please get it right.

“We’re going to Austria for our holiday.”

“We were in Austria for our holiday.”

“I’m going to Madrid next week.”

“I’m in Madrid this week.”

 

You sit “on” a chair:

“When I made this video I was sitting on my chair.”

 

To be “with someone” can mean you are in a relationship in some contexts:

“He’s been with her for two years.” (They’ve been in a relationship for two years.)

 

If you are “into someone”, you find them attractive:

“You should ask her out, I’m pretty sure she’s into you.”

 

To describe who created a book, film, song etc., use “by”:

“That video / lesson / song / film / book is by…”

 

You turn a machine “on” and “off”:

“It’s getting dark, can you please turn the light on?”

“Make sure you switch your computer off before you go home.”

 

Use “about” to specify a topic you are discussing:

“What do you know about our new neighbour?”

“Were you listening? That isn’t what I was talking about.”

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