Grammar tips: Prepositions

Hoy es un lunes más alegre de lo normal, porque mañana es festivo y parece viernes, pero tenemos post de gramática como cada lunes. Repasamos las preposiciones y además hacemos algunos ejercicios para practicar con Grammar tips.

Prepositions – Time

English Usage Example
·         at ·         for night

·         for weekend

·         a certain point of time (when?)

·         at night

·         at the weekend

·         at half past nine

·         in ·         months / seasons

·         time of day

·         year

·         after a certain period of time (when?)

·         in August / in winter

·         in the morning

·         in 2006

·         in an hour

·         on ·         days of the week ·         on Monday
·         since ·         from a certain point of time (past till now) ·         since 1980
·         for ·         over a certain period of time (past till now) ·         for 2 years
·         ago ·         a certain time in the past ·         2 years ago
·         before ·         earlier than a certain point of time ·         before 2004
·         to ·         telling the time ·         ten to six (5:50)
·         past ·         telling the time ·         ten past six (6:10)
·         to / till / until ·         marking the beginning and end of a period of time ·         from Monday to/till Friday
·         till / until ·         in the sense of how long something is going to last ·         He is on holiday until Friday.
·         by ·         in the sense of at the latest

·         up to a certain time

·         I will be back by 6 o’clock.

Prepositions – Place (Position and Direction)

English Usage Example
·         at ·         meaning next to, by an object

·         for table

·         for events

·         place where you are to do something typical (watch a film, study, work)

·         at the door, at the station

·         at the table

·         at a concert, at the party

·         at the cinema, at school, at work

·         in ·         room, building, street, town, country

·         book, paper etc.

·         car, taxi

·         picture, world

·         in the kitchen, in London

·         in the book

·         in the car, in a taxi

·         in the picture, in the world

·         on ·         attached

·         for a place with a river

·         being on a surface

·         for a certain side (left, right)

·         for a floor in a house

·         for public transport

·         for television, radio

·         the picture on the wall

·         London lies on the Thames.

·         on the table

·         on the left

·         on the first floor

·         on the bus

·         on TV, on the radio

·         by, next to, beside ·         left or right of somebody or something ·         Jane is standing by / next to / beside the car.
·         under ·         on the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else ·         the bag is under the table
·         below ·         lower than something else but above ground ·         the fish are below the surface
·         over ·         covered by something else

·         meaning more than

·         getting to the other side (also across)

·         overcoming an obstacle

·         put a jacket over your shirt

·         over 16 years of age

·         walk over the bridge

·         climb over the wall

·         above ·         higher than something else, but not directly over it ·         a path above the lake
·         across ·         getting to the other side (also over)

·         getting to the other side

·         walk across the bridge

·         swim across the lake

·         through ·         something with limits on top, bottom and the sides ·         drive through the tunnel
·         to ·         movement to person or building

·         movement to a place or country

·         for bed

·         go to the cinema

·         go to London / Ireland

·         go to bed

·         into ·         enter a room / a building ·         go into the kitchen / the house
·         towards ·         movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it) ·         go 5 steps towards the house
·         onto ·         movement to the top of something ·         jump onto the table
·         from ·         in the sense of where from ·         a flower from the garden

Other important Prepositions

English Usage Example
·         from ·         who gave it ·         a present from Jane
·         of ·         who/what does it belong to

·         what does it show

·         a page of the book

·         the picture of a palace

·         by ·         who made it ·         a book by Mark Twain
·         on ·         walking or riding on horseback

·         entering a public transport vehicle

·         on foot, on horseback

·         get on the bus

·         in ·         entering a car  / Taxi ·         get in the car
·         off ·         leaving a public transport vehicle ·         get off the train
·         out of ·         leaving a car  / Taxi ·         get out of the taxi
·         by ·         rise or fall of something

·         travelling (other than walking or horseriding)

·         prices have risen by 10 percent

·         by car, by bus

·         at ·         for age ·         she learned Russian at 45
·         about ·         for topics, meaning what about ·         we were talking about you
·         with ·         in the same place as sth/ sb

·         follows adjectives which refer to reactions and feelings

·         what we use to do something

·         having

·         I arrived with my friend

·         He got angry with them

·         Open it with a knife

·         The house with the big windows.

·         for ·         purpose for something

·         duration

·         exchange

·         because (very formal)

·         I go for some food

·         For a couple of hours

·         2 for 3€

·         For it is a creature of legend

·         down ·         in or moving to a low or lower position or level

·         towards the south

·         along

·         down the hill

·         down to Granada

·         down the corridor

  1. the picture, I can see a woman.
  2. The woman is sittinga table.
  3. She is sittinga chair.
  4. There is another chairthe woman.
  5. Her feet arethe table
  6. The woman is holding a cupher hands.
  7. the table are a laptop, a paper, a calculator, an appointment calendar, two pens and a muffin.
  8. The woman is lookingher laptop.
  9. The woman’s bag isthe table.


  1. Peter is playing tennis Sunday.
  2. My brother’s birthday is the 5th of November.
  3. My birthday is May.
  4. We are going to see my parents the weekend.
  5. 1666, a great fire broke out in London.
  6. I don’t like walking alone in the streets night.
  7. What are you doing the afternoon?
  8. My friend has been living Canada for two years.
  9. I have been waiting for you seven o’clock.
  10. I will have finished this essay Friday.


Decide whether to use »since« or »for«.

  1. I have been waiting4 o’clock.
  2. Sue has only been waiting20 minutes.
  3. Tim and Tina have been learning Englishsix years.
  4. Fred and Frida have been learning French1998.
  5. Joe and Josephine have been going out togetherValentine’s Day.
  6. I haven’t been on holidaylast July.
  7. Mary has been saving her moneymany years.
  8. I haven’t eaten anythingbreakfast.
  9. You have been watching TVhours.
  10. We have been living here2 months.


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