Prepositions List

This page contains a table with a List of Prepositions and linking expressions in English as well as 3 other languages (Spanish, French and Japanese), so that if English is not your first language you can still understand the meaning of those prepositions. Try to memorize them because they're very important in communication, and might be very helpful to convey your most important expressions. Make sure to check our Learn English page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.


In English 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:

  • The keyboard is on the desk
  • The carpet is under the table
  • The tree is in front of the building
  • The child is hiding behind his mother

More Examples

I am thinking about my girlfriend.

Some people argue against their friends, but I prefer to have a calm evening.

Among all the boys in blue shirts, my friend stood in a red shirt.

Were you at the party on Saturday?

Beneath the bridge you can find a beautiful river flowing rapidly.

If you look between the desks, you will see your pencil.

To arrive here, I took a plane but my brother traveled by bus.

Despite our differences, we get along fine.

I am from Italy and you are from Spain.

Please put the cup into the cupboard.

The market is near my house.

Take off your shoes before you enter the house.

I saw a famous person on TV.

Over there is where I left my wallet.

Since you don’t have anything to do, you can help me with my work.

Are you going to the party tonight?

My friend was with me yesterday in the park.

Without a good recommendation, you cannot get the job.

According to science, we evolved into humans after millions of years.

Instead of going to the concert, they went to the mall.

I want to get this song out of my head!

Prior to his arrest, he had never done anything wrong.

I want to buy three steaks as well as some chicken.

In case of an emergency, call the number listed here.

In spite of our differences, we have a great relationship.

With regard to our money, we don’t have much left.


List of Prepositions Spanish French Japanese
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a bordo à bord 搭乗
aboutsobre à propos de 〜について
abovepor encima de au-dessus 上に
acrossa través de parmi 交差して
afterdespués de après 〜の後で
againstcontra contre 〜に対して
alonga lo largo de le long de 〜に沿って
alongsidejunto aux côtés de 一緒に
amiden medio de au milieu 
amidsten medio de au milieu 
amongentre parmi 〜の間に
amongstentre parmi 
aroundalrededor autour 〜の周りに
asya que comme 〜のように
asidede lado de côté 
astridea horcajadas à cheval またがって
aten à 〜で
athwartathwart travers athwart 
atopencima sommet 頂上に
barringrestricción sauf なけれ
beforeantes de avant 〜の前に
behinddetrás de derrière 〜の後ろに
belowpor debajo de en dessous 〜の下に
beneathdebajo de sous 
besideal lado à côté de 
besidesademás de de plus 加えて
betweenentre entre 〜の間に
beyondmás allá de au-delà 〜を超えて
butpero mais しかし
bypor par 〜によって
circacirca circa 
concerningrelativa concernant に関する
despitea pesar de malgré 〜にもかかわらず
downabajo vers le bas 下に
duringdurante pendant 〜の間
exceptexcepto sauf 除いて
failingno défaut 失敗
followingsiguiente suivant 支持者
forpara pour 〜のために
fromdesde à partir de 〜から
givendado donné 与えられた
inen dans 〜で
insideinterior à l'intérieur 内部
intodentro de dans 〜の中へ
likegustar comme 好き
minusmenos moins マイナス
nearcerca de près de 〜の近くに
nextsiguiente suivant 次の
notwithstandinga pesar de nonobstant にもかかわらず
ofde de 
offapagado hors tension 切れて
onencendido sur 〜の上に
ontoen sur 
oppositecontrario face 反対
outfuera dehors はずれて
outsideexterior à l'extérieur 外側
overpor encima de par-dessus 〜を超えて
paceritmo rythme ペース
pastpasado passé 過去
perpor par 
plusmás plus プラス
regardingcon respecto a concernant 〜に関して
roundronda ronde ラウンド
savesalvar sauver 保存する
sincedesde que depuis それ以来
thanque que 〜よりも
throughpor via 経て
throughouttotalmente partout dans 〜の至るところに
tillhasta jusqu'à まで
timesveces fois 
topara à 〜へ
towardhacia vers 〜の方へ
towardshacia vers 〜の方へ
underdebajo de sous 〜の下に
underneathdebajo de sous 
unlikea diferencia de contrairement à とは違って
untilhasta jusqu'à ce que 〜まで
uparriba vers le haut 上へ
uponsobre sur 〜の上に
versusfrente a versus 
viaa través de via 経由
withcon avec 〜とともに
withindentro de au sein de 〜以内で
withoutsin sans 〜なしで
worthvalevaleur 価値
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Two words
Dos palabras Deux mots 2つの言葉
according tode acuerdo con selon によると
ahead ofpor delante de avant 先の
aside fromaparte de en dehors de 脇から
because ofa causa de en raison de のために
close tocerca de près de に近い
due todebido a en raison de ために
except fora excepción de sauf pour les を除いて
far fromlejos de loin de 遠くから
in to (or into)en (o en) à (ou dans) に(またはに) 
inside ofdentro de l'intérieur de 内部の
instead ofen lugar de au lieu de 代わりに
near tocerca de près de に近い
next tojunto a à côté de の横に
on to (or onto)a (o sobre) à (ou sur) 上(または上) 
out froma partir de à partir de 外出先から
out ofde de のうち
outside offuera de en dehors de 
owing todebido a en raison de のため
prior toantes de avant 前に
pursuant tode conformidad con el conformément à la の規定により
regardless ofindependientemente de indépendamment de 関係なく
subsequent tocon posterioridad a à la suite de 以降
that ofque de celui de その
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Three words
Tres palabras Trois mots 3つの単語を
as far asen la medida de lo autant que 限り
as well asasí como ainsi que だけでなく、 
by means ofpor medio de par le biais de 〜によって
in accordance withde conformidad con conformément à la 合わせて
in addition toademás de en plus de 加えて
in case ofen caso de en cas de 例で
in front ofdelante de en face de 目の前に
in lieu ofen lugar de en lieu et place de 代わりに
in place ofen lugar de en lieu et place de 代わりに
in spite ofa pesar de en dépit de そぞろに
on account ofen razón de sur le compte de アカウントの
on behalf ofen nombre de au nom de 代わって
on top ofen la parte superior de sur le dessus de の上に
with regard tocon respecto aen ce qui concerne関して

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