Place preposition

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Place preposition


  • Everything you need to know about prepositions of place
  • How are they used?
  • Summary

You will agree with us that knowing the position, either of a person or an object, is sometimes an urgent need , therefore fundamental. And if you look around you, you will see that all objects, people, etc., are in the front, the side, that is, they are somewhere. That is why we must know where they are exactly, to indicate it conveniently in a supposed conversation and to be able to dialogue in a simple way. In English, this is what we will simply call the Prepositions of place .

Yes, these little words with innocent appearances are in reality essential for the proper construction of a sentence, for the reasons just mentioned. And yes, we know how to position ourselves conveniently in space, it will be even easier for us to speak English, don’t you think?

Everything you need to know about prepositions of place

Prepositions of place are those that express the exact position of an element (person, object, animal, etc.). But, how many prepositions of place are there? We repeat that a preposition of place is a preposition that is used to refer to a place where something or someone is, therefore there are only three prepositions of place, however, they are usually used to discuss an almost infinite number of places.

How are they used?

 Prepositions of place are always placed between the verb and the element that expresses the place where something or someone is. The most common are the following:

Place preposition



in inside
  • I watch TV in the living-room
  • I live in New York
  • Look at the picture in the book
  • She looks at herself in the mirror.
  • Look at the girl in the picture
  • She is in the car


  • is used to show an exact position or a particular place
  • table
  • events
  • place where you are to do something typical (watch a movie, study, work)
  • I met her at the entrance, at the bus stop
  • She sat at the table
  • at a concert, at the party
  • at the movies, at university, at work



  • attached
  • next to or along the side of (river)
  • It is used to show that something is in a position above something else and touches it.
  • Left Right
  • a flat in a house
  • used to show some travel methods
  • television, radio
  • Look at the picture on the wall
  • Cambridge is on the River Cam.
  • The book is o n the desk
  • A smile on his face
  • The shop is on the left
  • My apartment is on the first floor
  • I love traveling on trains / on the bus / on a plane
  • My favorite program on TV, on the radio
by, next to, beside,


  • not far in the distance
  • The girl who is by / next to / beside the house.
  • in or within the space that separates two places, people or objects
  • The town lies halfway between Rome and Florence.
  • at the back of)
  • I hung my coat behind the door.
in front of
  • later than someone or something else
  • She started talking to the man in front of her
  • lower than (or covered by) something else
  • the cat is under the chair.
  • lower than (or covered by) something else
  • the plane is just below the the cloud
  • above or above something else, sometimes so that one thing covers the other.
  • more than.
  • through one side to the other.
  • overcome an obstacle


  • She held the umbrella over both of us.
  • Most of the carpets are ove r $ 100.
  • I walked over the bridge
  • She jumped ove r the gate
  • higher than anything else, but not directly above it
  • a path above the lake
  • from one side to the other of something with clear boundaries / reaching the other side
  • She walked across the field / road.
  • I have sailed across the Atlantic
  • from one end or side of something to the other
  • They walked slowly through the woods.
  • in the direction of
  • We went to Prague last year.
  • I go to bed at ten.
  • into or into the middle of something and about to be contained, surrounded or enclosed by it
  • Shall we go into the garden?
  • in the direction of, or closer to, someone or something
  • She stood up and walked towards him.
  • used to show movement to or over a particular location
  • I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.
  • used to show the place where someone or something begins
  • What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?


Finally, and to elaborate on the explanation, we believe that it is good for your knowledge that we make you highlight the following distinction, because its use is very widespread.

The mission of a true preposition of place is to show concretely the location or position of something related to something else. But, when a preposition contains more than one word, it is called a prepositional phrase. That is, prepositional phrases act as a preposition composed of several terms, instead of just one.

Many of the prepositions of place that we have reviewed in the previous table are actually prepositional phrases.

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