German Prepositions

This page contains a table including the following: German Prepositions and linking expressions. Try to memorize the way they're used because they're very important in communication, and might be very helpful to convey your most important expressions. Make sure to check our Learn German page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.

German Prepositions


A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence as in the example in the table below. Prepositions usually come before the noun and its article (like in English).

    

English Prepositions German Prepositions
 
The keyboard is on the deskDie Tastatur ist auf dem Schreibtisch
The carpet is under the tableDer Teppich ist unter dem Tisch
The tree is in front of the buildingDer Baum is vor dem Gebäude
The child is hiding behind his motherDas Kind versteckt sich hinter seiner Mutter

The most common prepositions are: after (nach), at (an), before (bevor), between (zwischen), under (unter), on (auf), in (in), out (aus), behind (hinter)... (for a longer list, see the table below).

Prepositions Table in German


Here are some examples of demonstrative prepositions in the table below, note that just like in English, they're used very often in German:


German Demonstrative Prepositions
 
Thisdies
Thatdas
Thesediese
Thosejene

Below is a vocabulary training for prepositions in German (Deutsch), try to memorize the prepositions below, because they’re very important and used daily.

    

Vocaublary German Prepositions
 
Aboveüber
Afternach
Aroundum
Atan
Because ofwegen
Beforebevor
Besideneben
Betweenzwischen
Butaber
Close tonah bei/ in der Nähe von
Downunten
Duringwährend
Forfür
Fromvon/ aus
Inin
In front ofvor
Insidein
Instead ofanstatt
Likewie
Nearnahe
Next toneben
Onauf
On top ofauf
Outaus
Outsideaussen
Overüber
Overüber
Sinceseit
Thanals
Tozu
Underunter
Untilbis
Upoben
Withoutohne

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some German Prepositions ..., try to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. Make sure to check our Learn German page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.

Lesson Created by Katja Grathwohl