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English Prepositions List

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Contents

Introduction 5
Why 150 prepositions? 6

1 One-word Prepositions 7
with sample sentences

2 Complex Prepositions 29
with sample sentences

3 Illustrations 33
Prepositions of place 33
Prepositions of time 34


4 Quizzes (with answers) 35
One-word prepositions 36
Complex prepositions 45
Prepositions of place 51
Prepositions of time 52
One-word and complex prepositions 53


Introduction

This ebook contains a list of most English prepositions in use today.
The first section lists “one-word prepositions” (for example before, into, on).
The second section lists “complex prepositions” (phrases of two or more words
that function like one-word prepositions, for example according to, but for, in
spite of
).
The name “preposition” (pre + position) means “place before”. Prepositions
usually come before another word, usually a noun or noun phrase:
• noun
• pronoun
• noun phrase
• gerund (verb in -ing form)
If a preposition does not come before another word, it is still closely linked to
another word:
Who did you talk to?
To whom did you talk?
• I talked to Jane.
Many prepositions can also be adverbs:
• They are in the kitchen. preposition
• Please come in. adverb
A few prepositions can also be conjunctions:
• Everyone came but Tara. preposition
• I asked her but she didn’t answer. conjunction
Abbreviations used in this ebook:
conj. = conjunction
UK = mainlyBritish English
US = mainlyAmerican English
This ebook is written in British English.


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Why 150 prepositions?

It is not possible to produce a definitive list of English prepositions. That means
that nobody can create a list of prepositions and say: “Here are all the
prepositions in the English language –no more and no fewer.” Why? Because
complex prepositions can theoretically be added to the language at any time.
This ebook lists all 94 one-word prepositions (which are unlikely to change or be
added to) and 56 complex prepositions (which may possibly be added to as the
language evolves). This total of 150 prepositions is comprehensive at the time
of writing, and represents all the prepositions currently found in a good English
dictionary such as the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

One-word Prepositions

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One-word Prepositions
aboard • We went aboard the boat.
• Is there a doctor aboard the plane?
about • What do you think about Mary?
• Let’s talk about something different.
• I’ve just read a book about President Kennedy.
• The lion was pacing about its cage.
above • We are flying above the clouds.
• We live in the hills, 1,000 metres above sea-level.
• It’s only two degrees above freezing point. [+2ºC]
• Who came above you in the test results?
across • We drove across the desert.
• The dog ran across the road.
• There is a bridge across the river.
after(also conj.) • We had lunch [1pm] after the meeting [11am].
• Let’s meet the day after tomorrow.
against • Did you vote for oragainst the suggestion?
• He put his bicycle against the wall.
along • We walked along the beach for two miles.
• There are trees along the road.
• The toilet is along the corridor.
alongside • Their boat came alongside our boat.
• Team A worked alongsideTeam B during
construction.
amid
amidst (poetic)
• I couldn’t hear her amid the noise.
• We were lost amidst the trees.
One-word Prepositions

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among
amongst(UK)
• Is there a doctor among us?
• There were secret police among the crowd.
• I was amongst strangers. I didn’t know anyone.
anti • He seems to be anti my idea.
• Some people are anti everything.
around • We walked around the town for an hour.
• They all sat around the camp fire.
• There is a big fence around the house.
• He was born around 1570.
• Let’s meet around 7pm.
as(also conj.) • He is working as a waiter.
• The risk is as nothing compared to the profit.
• Ram is as tall as Anthony.
astride • She sat astride the horse.
at • He is at school.
• We first met at a party.
• Let’s start the meeting at 9 o’clock.
• He started work at 17 (years of age).
• We are aiming at sales of $1,000,000.
atop (poetic) • The church is situated atop a hill.
One-word Prepositions

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bar • Everyone came bar Angela.
• He is the best bar none.
barring • Barring rain, we’ll play tennis tomorrow.
before(also conj.) • We had lunch [1pm] before the meeting [3pm].
• We met the day before yesterday.
• She was before me in the queue.
• I would rather die before doing that.
behind • There is a police car behind us. It’s following us.
• We have a garden behind our house.
• The child was hiding behind the tree.
• I am behind your project. I will support it.
• Vonica finished behind Shirley in the race.
• She is behind the other children in her class.
below • Much of Holland is below sea-level.
• There is a family in the flat below us.
• The temperature is 5 degrees below freezing
point. [-5ºC]
• I came below Vonica in the test.
• You can buy it if it’s below $50.
beneath • Our garage is beneath our house.
• The tunnel runs beneath the sea.
• Laurence is beneath the General Manager.
• It was beneath his dignity to do that.
beside • The river runs beside our house.
• James was sitting beside Miriam.
besides • What shall we have besides coffee?
One-word Prepositions

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between • Tara was sitting between Ram and Ati.
• Between you and me, I think she’s crazy.
• I can meet you between 1pm and 2pm.
beyond • Can you see someone in the distance, beyond
that house?
• This is too difficult. It’s beyond me.
• The meeting continued beyond midnight.
but(also conj.) • Everyone came but Andrea.
by • We came by car.
• Fireworks were invented by the Chinese.
• He was shot by a professional killer.
• It happened by accident.
• He lost the race by five seconds.
• The room is 10 metres by 6 metres.
• We must finish by Tuesday.
• We were sitting by the window.
• By my calculation he must be 73.
One-word Prepositions

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circa • He died circa 1270.
concerning • Your teacher talked to me concerning your
homework.
• I have some questions concerning your decision.
considering • Considering the poor quality, I think the price is
too high.
• I think I must begoing, considering the time.
counting • There were four people, or five counting the baby.
• That makes $70, not counting the tax.
cum • I have a study-cum-bedroom.
• She is a kind of secretary-cum-receptionist.
One-word Prepositions

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despite • We went swimming despite the cold water.
• He passed the test despite being ill.
down • They ran down the hill.
• The post office is down the road.
• They have had many wars down the years.
during • He fell asleep during the meeting.
• I want to go swimming during the weekend.
• I wasbored during the whole film.
One-word Prepositions

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except • You can have any colour except blue.
• They all came except Stephen.
excepting • I can eat anything excepting pork.
• Excepting Jo, everyone was present.
excluding • It costs $70, excluding $10 for delivery. (Total =
$80.)
• We open every day excluding Christmas Day.
One-word Prepositions

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following • We had coffee following lunch.
• He couldn’t work following his illness.
for(also conj.) • This is for you.
• Do you want to go for a walk?
• You use a corkscrew for opening bottles.
• Cigarettes are bad for you.
• I’m saving for a new car.
• Is this the road for Rome?
• They passed me over for John.
• Is this the train for Cambridge?
• I bought it for $10.
• We worked for three hours.
• Keep walking for two kilometres.
from • Where do you come from?
• This letter is from my wife.
• I bought this car from Henry.
• They prevented me from entering.
• My car is different from yours.
• We worked from Monday to Wednesday.
• Paper is made from wood.
• It can cost anything from $5 to $15.
• The police took my driving licencefrom me.
• He died from overwork.
One-word Prepositions

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given • He is in very good health, given his age.
• Given the time, you ought to leave now.
gone(UK) • It’s certainly gone 11 o’clock. It must be 11.30.
• He’s gone 50. He must be nearly 60 years old.
One-word Prepositions

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in • Monkeys livein the jungle.
• John is the man with his hand in his pocket.
• I live in an apartment.
• She lives in Bangkok.
• Tara was born in 1977.
• Trains were invented in the nineteenth century.
• I’ll come back in two weeks.
• Let’s meet in the morning.
• There are 60 seconds in a minute.
including • The price is $70 including $10 for delivery. (Total
= $70.)
• There were four of us, including the baby.
inside • It was dark inside the tunnel.
• My modem is inside my computer. It’s an internal
modem.
into • John went into that shop.
• If you heat ice it turns into water.
• We cut the cake into ten pieces.
• Five into ten makes two.
One-word Prepositions

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less • 10 less 3 = 7.
like • She is like her sister.
• She sings like a bird.
• It’s not like John to complain.
• Do it like this.
• I feel like swimming.
• It looks like rain.
• I want something cold, like iced-coffee.
One-word Prepositions

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minus • 10 minus 3 = 7.
• The temperature is minus 30 degrees centigrade.
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near • The school is near the post office.
• It’s 20 December. We are very near Christmas
Day.
notwithstanding • Notwithstanding the low price, I don’t want it.
• They went swimming, notwithstanding the rain.
• They went swimming, the rain notwithstanding.
One-word Prepositions

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of • I live in the house at the end of the road.
• Where is the key of the car?
• Do you like the work of Shakespeare?
• What was the cost of this book?
• He lives in the City of Westminster.
• It was kind of you to help me.
• This is the cause of the problem.
• He died of cancer.
• Most tables are made of wood.
• Can I have a cup of coffee?
• I know some of these people.
• I don’t know any of these people.
• He lives south of London.
• He lives in the south of London.
off • Please take your shoes off the table.
• Keep off the grass.
• It fell off the table and broke.
• They live in a street off Fifth Avenue.
on • Please don’t put your shoeson the table.
• The picture is on page 7.
• We live on a busy road. It’s very noisy.
• She is sunbathing on the beach.
• Is there water on the Moon?
• I need a book on bio-chemistry.
• My birthday is on Monday.
• I start work on 7 May.
• Let’s meet on the weekend. (US)
• I’ll see you on Christmas Day.
• You must be on time.
• He broke his leg on getting out of the car.
onto(US)
see on to
• The cat jumped onto the chair.
• The police are onto us. (slang)
One-word Prepositions
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opposite • There is a post office opposite my house.
• She sat opposite him and looked into his eyes.
outside • I don’t live in London. I live outside London.
• It was very cold outside the car.
• This is outside my scope.
over • We are flying over the mountains.
• Put the blanket over the bed.
• The cat jumped over the wall.
• Let’s discuss it over dinner.
• The king ruled over the country for many years.
• The town is just over the border.
• It cost over $50. It was $53.25.
• There is rain over the whole country.
• It took over an hour to do my homework.
• The population has increased overthe past
twenty years.
• Can you stay with us over Christmas?
One-word Prepositions
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past • I saw you yesterday when we drove past your
school.
• The post office is just past the police station.
• Don’t work past your bed-time.
• This is difficult. It’s past me.
• It’s nearly ten minutes past five. 5.09 to be
precise.
pending • We cannot supply you pending payment.
• Pending his return, we can do nothing.
• There were many arguments pending the
negotiations.
per • The speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
• The carpet costs $10 per square metre.
plus • 2 plus 2 = 4.
• There will be three of us, plus the baby.
pro • Are you pro capital punishment?
• He is generally pro new ideas.
One-word Prepositions
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re • Re: your letter dated 21 May
• I want to talk you re the proposed meeting.
regarding • I would like to speak to you regarding my
homework.
• Regarding John, let’s talk later.
respecting • I would like to speak to you respecting my
homework.
• I am writing to you respecting our latest products.
round • I live round the corner.
• They all sat round thefire.
• There is a hedge round the house.
One-word Prepositions
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save(formal) • All save Mrs Jones were present.
saving(formal) • Saving yourself, nobody thanked me.
since(also conj.) • I haven’t seen Josef since Monday.
• Mr Brown has worked in a bank since 1985.
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than(also conj.) • He is a writer than whom there is no finer.
• Your car is bigger than my car.
through
thru(US)
• The train goes through a tunnel.
• I can see light through the keyhole.
• You have been through a difficult experience.
• You went through a red light.
• The error occurred through my own stupidity.
• They worked Monday through Thursday. [US]
throughout • It is raining throughout the whole country.
• He worked throughout the day, and most of the
night.
till(also conj.) • I work from 9am till 5pm.
• Please wait till I come.
to • Could you give this to Kob?
• My car does 10 miles to the litre.
• To his surprise, the door was open.
• The museum is open from Monday to Friday.
• The time is ten to five. [4.50]
touching • Touching your homework, I think we need to
speak.
toward(US)
towards(UK)
• He drove off toward(s) the mountain.
• I’d better go. It’s getting toward(s) midnight.
• He contributed $100,000 toward(s) the new
building.
• It’s the first step toward(s) peace.
• He has a positive attitude toward(s) his work.
One-word Prepositions
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under • The mouse ran under the chair.
• The bucket is under the sink.
• Submarines can travel under water.
• We drove under a bridge.
• I have a T-shirt under my pullover.
• Who do you work under? Who is your boss?
• I am under orders from the President.
• What is the subject under discussion?
• Under the company rules, we can’t do that.
• Please buy it if it’s under $50.
underneath • The nurse put a pillow underneath his head.
• There is a big cellar underneath our house.
unlike • That’s very unusual. It’s unlike Andrea to be so
rude.
• This problem is unlike any we have met before.
until(formal, also
conj.)
• They continued the meeting until 11pm.
• Please wait until I come.
up • Jack and Jill ran up the hill.
• There is a post office up the street.
upon (formal) • Please don’t put your shoes upon the table.
• There are now no dinosaurs upon Earth.
• I need a book upon bio-chemistry.
• We met upon a Monday.
• He broke his leg upon getting out of the car.
One-word Prepositions
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versus • He was the judge in the case of Goreversus
Bush.
• We should choose peace versus war.
via • We flew from Paris to Bangkok via Dubai.
One-word Prepositions
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with • Do you live with your parents?
• He’s been with EnglishClub.com for two years.
• I discussed it with her.
• With your permission, I’d like to go.
• If you mix red with yellow you get orange.
• Muriel is the girl with black hair.
• Do you want to come with us?
• I made this chair with my own hands.
• You’ll forget her with time.
within • There is a modem within the computer.
• I will finish within 30 minutes.
• He lives within 10 miles of his work.
• It’s not within my power to help you.
without • I want trousers without buttons.
• I came without my wife because she is working.
• He watched without speaking.
worth • This car is worth $10,000.
Complex Prepositions
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Complex Prepositions
according to • According to John, Mary was late. I believe John.
ahead of • Anthony is ahead of Rachel in the race. He’ll win.
• We have a long day ahead of us. Let’s get going!
à la(from French) • It’s a TV show à la CNN. Same style, similar
content.
along with • Do you want some pork along with the chicken?
apart from • Nobody objected apart from you, so we did it.
as for • As for Matt, he will arrive later.
aside from • I have another car aside from this one. Both are
red.
as per • We must work strictly as per the law.
as to • As to your behaviour, I think you were wrong.
as well as • You should telephone as well as write, just to be
sure.
away from • The cat ran away from the dog and escaped.
because of • We can’t play tennis because of the rain.
but for • It’s your fault! But for you, I’d have been on time.
by means of • You open a door by means of its handle.
close to • My car is close to your car. About two cars away.
contrary to • Contrary to expectations, the euro fell in value.
depending on • We’ll play tennis tomorrow, depending on the rain.
Complex Prepositions
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due to • The cancellation was due to the rain. There was
no other reason.

except for • Everyone was present, except for Mary. She
stayed at home.
forward of • He was sitting forward of me in the plane. I could
just see the back of his head.
further to • Further to your letter, I have spoken to Mr Brown.
in addition to • There were two people in addition to me. So that
made three of us.
in between • He is in between the two opinions. He wants to
compromise.
in case of • You can phone me in case of need. Day or night.
in face of • He reacts bravely in face of danger.
in favour of • I am not in favour of your idea. It won’t work.
in front of • You can park your car in front of my house.
• I couldn’t see the film because the woman in front
of me was wearing a big hat.
in lieu of • I don’t have any dollars. Can I pay euro in lieu of
dollars?
in spite of • We went swimming in spite of the cold water.
instead of • We don’t have any tea. Would you like coffee
instead of tea?
in view of • In view of your illness, we will wait for a week.
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irrespective of • I don’t like it, irrespective of what you say.
• Irrespective of the price, I don’t want it. Price isn’t
everything.
near to • There is a restaurant near to my office. Just two
minutes away.

next to • The school is next to the bank. Between the hotel
and the bank.
on account of • Don’t worry on account of me. Think about
yourself.
on behalf of • I’m calling you on behalf of Mr Brown. I represent
him in legal matters.
on board • Is there a doctor on board this plane?
on to(UK)
see onto
• The cat jumped on to the chair.
on top of • The cat is sitting on top of the television.
opposite to • There is a tree opposite to the house. Straight
across the road.
other than • Sorry, we’re out of whisky. But we have every
drink other than whisky.
out of • Take your hands out of your pockets and help me!
• He went out of the room to smoke a cigarette.
• We’re out of eggs. Shall I buy some?
outside of • They stopped outside of the city to check the map
before entering.
owing to • We didn’t go swimming, owing to the cold
weather.
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preparatory to • I made a graph preparatory to the meeting, so
everything was ready.
prior to • I never spoke French prior to living in France. But
I learned quickly after coming to France.
regardless of • I don’t want it, regardless of the price. Even if it’s
free, I just don’t want it.
save for • Everyone came, save for Lek who had to work.
thanks to • Thanks to Shirley, we arrived on time.

together with • I’d like chicken please, together with vegetables.
up against • We are up against a powerful enemy.
up to • There was a shop here up to 1990. But it closed
that year.
up until • We worked up until they came. Then we stopped.
vis-à-vis
(from French)
• I prefer Jaguar cars vis-à-vis BMW cars.
• I need to speak to you vis-à-vis your homework.
with reference to • With reference to your comments, I’ll reply soon.
• I am writing with reference to your order.
with regard to • I’d like to speak to you with regard to your work.
Illustrations
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Some Prepositions of Place
There is a cup on the table.
The helicopter hovered above the house.
The police placed a sheet over the body.
He stood in front of the door and rang the bell.
Ram sat beside Tara in the cinema.
A small stream runs below that bridge.
He put the key under the doormat.
He put his hands behind his back.
Illustrations
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Some Prepositions of Time
He has coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and wine in the evening.
I work during the morning/afternoon/evening/day/night.
Let’s meet at 6pm.
The clock strikes twelve at midday/noon/midnight.
The condemned man was shot at sunrise/dawn.
The street lights come on at sunset/dusk.
We can see the stars at night.
Quizzes
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Quizzes
Try the quizzes on the following pages to check your understanding. In general
there is only one possible answer to each question. The answers are shown at
the end of each quiz.
 One-word prepositions
 Complex prepositions
 Prepositions of place
 Prepositions of time
 One-word and complex prepositions
If you like, you can use the chart below to record your progress. If youdon’t get
10 out of 10 for one quiz the first time, revise your prepositions and try again
later a second time, and a third time if necessary!
My Score out of 10
Quiz 1
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time 2
nd
time 3
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time
1 One-word prepositions
2 One-word prepositions
3 One-word prepositions
4 One-word prepositions
5 One-word prepositions
6 One-word prepositions
7 One-word prepositions
8 One-word prepositions
9 One-word prepositions
10 Complex prepositions
11 Complex prepositions
12 Complex prepositions
13 Complex prepositions
14 Complex prepositions
15 Complex prepositions
16 Prepositions of place
17 Prepositions of time
18 One-word and complex prepositions
19 One-word and complex prepositions
20 One-wordand complex prepositions
Quizzes
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Quiz 1 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 10 __________ 3 = 7.
a) pro b) against c) less
2 2 __________ 2 = 4.
a) despite b) plus c) circa
3 All__________ Mrs Jones were present.
a) off b) save c) given
4 Are you __________ capital punishment?
a) outside b) pro c) without
5 __________ rain, we’ll play tennis tomorrow.
a) Barring b) Over c) Plus
6 Did you vote for or __________ the suggestion?
a) throughout b) by c) against
7 Everyone came __________ Angela.
a) by b) bar c) during
8 Everyone came __________ Andrea.
a) but b) amid c) inside
9 __________ the time, you ought to leave now.
a) Given b) Astride c) Cum
10 He broke his leg __________ getting out of the car.
a) till b) like c) upon
Answers: 1c, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9a, 10c
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Quiz 2 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 He couldn’t work __________ his illness.
a) following b) by c) as
2 He died __________ 1270.
a) circa b) on c) outside
3 He fell asleep __________ the meeting.
a) circa b) during c) off
4 He passed the test __________ being ill.
a) despite b) inside c) behind
5 He seems to be __________ my idea.
a) since b) anti c) as
6 He was shot __________ a professional killer.
a) throughout b) with c) by
7 He was the judge in the case of Gore __________ Bush.
a) gone b) despite c) versus
8 He’s __________ 50. He must be nearly 60 years old.
a) till b) by c) gone
9 I am __________ your project. I will support it.
a) despite b) behind c) unlike
10 I am writing to you __________ our latest products.
a)respecting b) inside c) cum
Answers: 1a, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5b, 6c, 7c, 8c, 9b, 10a
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Quiz 3 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 I came __________ my wife because she is working.
a) outside b) amid c) without
2 I can eat anything __________ pork.
a) up b) excepting c) until
3 I couldn’t hear her __________ the noise.
a) under b) amid c) pending
4 I don’t live in London. I live __________ London.
a) outside b) since c) saving
5 I have a T-shirt __________ my pullover.
a) considering b) under c) of
6 I have some questions __________ your decision.
a) concerning b) inside c) up
7 I think I must be going, __________ the time.
a) opposite b) minus c) considering
8 I want to talk you __________ the proposed meeting.
a) re b) atop c) down
9 I would like to speak to you __________ my homework.
a) worth b) to c) regarding
10 I’d better go. It’s getting __________ midnight.
a) down b) toward(s) c) as
Answers: 1c, 2b, 3b, 4a, 5b, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9c, 10b
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Quiz 4 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Is this the train __________ Cambridge?
a) over b) for c) astride
2 Is there water __________ the Moon?
a) on b) with c) up
3 It fell __________ the table and broke.
a) of b) off c) like
4 It is raining __________ the whole country.
a) throughout b) till c) via
5 It took __________ an hour to do my homework.
a) except b) on c) over
6 It was dark __________ the tunnel.
a) than b) inside c) on
7 It’s 20 December. We are very __________ Christmas Day.
a) past b) near c) about
8 It’s not __________ my power to help you.
a) within b) except c) with
9 Jack and Jill ran __________ the hill.
a) like b) with c) up
10 Mr Brown has worked in a bank __________ 1985.
a) alongside b) beside c) since
Answers: 1b, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5c, 6b, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10c
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Quiz 5 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Muriel is the girl __________ black hair.
a) plus b) outside c) with
2 __________ his return, we can do nothing.
a) Behind b) Pending c) Onto
3 Please wait __________ I come.
a) till b) since c) cum
4 Ram is as tall __________ Anthony.
a) as b) than c) with
5 __________ yourself, nobody thanked me.
a) Onto b) Considering c) Saving
6 She is a kind of secretary-__________-receptionist.
a) cum b) inside c) at
7 She sat __________ the horse.
a) worth b) of c) astride
8 She sat __________ him and looked into his eyes.
a) opposite b) off c) at
9 She sings __________ a bird.
a) than b) like c) per
10 Tara was sitting __________ Ram and Ati.
a) from b) between c) worth
Answers: 1c, 2b, 3a, 4a, 5c, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9b, 10b
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Quiz 6 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Team A worked __________ Team Bduring construction.
a) alongside b) except c) throughout
2 That makes $70, not __________ the tax.
a) within b) counting c) opposite
3 That’s very unusual. It’s __________ Andrea to be so rude.
a) opposite b) since c) unlike
4 The cat jumped __________ the chair.
a) less b) inside c) onto
5 The error occurred __________ my own stupidity.
a) like b) through c) thoughout
6 The meeting continued __________ midnight.
a) beyond b) as c) unlike
7 The river runs __________ our house.
a) beside b) up c) astride
8 The speed limit is 70 miles __________ hour.
a) per b) on c) around
9 The temperature is __________ 30 degrees centigrade.
a) less b) in c) minus
10 The tunnel runs __________ the sea.
a) over b) counting c) beneath
Answers: 1a, 2b, 3c, 4c, 5b, 6a, 7a, 8a, 9c, 10c
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Quiz 7 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 There is a big cellar __________ our house.
a) until b) on c) underneath
2 There is a big fence __________ the house.
a) in b) cum c) around
3 There were four of us, __________ the baby.
a) including b) inside c) within
4 There were secret police __________ the crowd.
a) among b) concerning c)except
5 They all sat __________ the fire.
a) via b) down c) round
6 They continued the meeting __________ 11pm.
a) until b) in c) along
7 They ran __________ the hill.
a) aboard b) down c) worth
8 They went swimming, __________ the rain.
a) at b) minus c) notwithstanding
9 This car is __________ $10,000.
a) counting b) worth c) unlike
10 This is difficult. It’s __________ me.
a) until b) than c) past
Answers: 1c, 2c, 3a, 4a, 5c, 6a, 7b, 8c, 9b, 10c
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Quiz 8 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 This is the cause __________ the problem.
a) on b) of c) off
2 __________ his surprise, the door was open.
a) To b) On c) At
3 __________ your homework, I think we need to speak.
a) Touching b) Aboard c) Behind
4 Trains were invented __________ the nineteenth century.
a) at b) since c) in
5 We are aiming __________ sales of $1,000,000.
a) to b) at c) on
6 We are flying __________ the clouds.
a) above b) gone c) except
7 We cut the cake __________ ten pieces.
a) onto b) into c) above
8 We drove __________ the desert.
a) aboard b) across c) concerning
9 We flew from Paris to Bangkok __________ Dubai.
a) at b) between c) via
10 We had lunch __________ the meeting.
a) astride b) bar c) after
Answers: 1b, 2a, 3a, 4c, 5b, 6a, 7b, 8b, 9c, 10c
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Quiz 9 One-word prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 We met the day __________ yesterday.
a) before b) despite c) versus
2 We open every day __________ Christmas Day.
a) excluding b) anti c) gone
3 We walked __________ the beach for two miles.
a) under b) along c) outside
4 Wewent __________ the boat.
a) since b) aboard c) worth
5 We worked __________ Monday to Wednesday.
a) in b) from c) at
6 What do you think __________ Mary?
a) about b) off c) via
7 What shall we have __________ coffee?
a) minus b) of c) besides
8 You can buy it if it’s __________ $50.
a) below b) among c) notwithstanding
9 You can have any colour __________ blue.
a) until b) to c) except
10 Your car is bigger __________ my car.
a) as b) than c) for
Answers: 1a, 2a, 3b, 4b, 5b, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9c, 10b
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Quiz 10 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 _______________ John, Mary was late. I believe John.
a) According to b) Further to c) Forward of
2 Anthony is _______________ Rachel in the race. I think he’ll win.
a) aside from b) ahead of c) on board
3 _______________ Matt, he will arrive later.
a) As for b) Out of c) Up to
4 _______________ your behaviour, I think you were wrong.
a) As per b) Up until c) As to
5 _______________ expectations, the euro fell in value.
a) Next to b) In favour of c) Contrary to
6 Do you want some pork _______________ the chicken?
a) along with b) out of c) thanks to
7 Don’t worry _______________ me. Think about yourself.
a) apart from b) on top of c) on account of
8 Everyone came, _______________ Lek who had to work.
a) save for b) away from c) as for
9 Everyone was present, _______________ Mary. She stayed at home.
a) in face of b) out of c) except for
10 _______________ your letter, I have spoken to Mr Brown.
a) Forward of b) Further to c) Next to
Answers: 1a, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5c, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9c, 10b
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Quiz 11 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitablepreposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 He is _______________ the two opinions. He wants to compromise.
a) in between b) up to c) instead of
2 He reacts bravely _______________ danger.
a) up until b) in face of c) further to
3 Hewas sitting _______________ me in the plane.
a) on board b) out of c) forward of
4 I am not _______________ your idea. It won’t work.
a) in favour of b) thanks to c) away from
5 I am writing _______________ your order.
a) away from b) up to c) with reference to
6 I don’t have any dollars. Can I pay euro _______________ dollars?
a) opposite to b) in lieu of c) in spite of
7 I don’t like it, _______________ what you say.
a) up against b) close to c) irrespective of
8 I don’t want it, _______________ the price. Even if it’s free.
a) away from b) prior to c) regardless of
9 I have another car _______________ this one. Both are red.
a) aside from b) out of c) by means of
10 I made a graph _______________ the meeting, so all was ready.
a) except for b) on top of c) preparatory to
Answers: 1a, 2b, 3c, 4a, 5c, 6b, 7c, 8c, 9a, 10c
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Quiz 12 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 I never spoke French _______________ living in France.
a) in front of b) prior to c) depending on
2 I prefer Jaguar cars _______________ BMW cars.
a) out of b) in case of c) vis-à-vis
3 I’d like chicken please, _______________ vegetables.
a) because of b) on behalf of c) together with
4 I’d like to speak to you _______________ your work.
a) up against b) in front of c) with regard to
5 I’m calling you _______________ Mr Brown. I represent him.
a) on behalf of b) contrary to c) in between
6 _______________ your illness, we will wait for a week.
a) In lieu of b) In view of c) Next to
7 Is there a doctor _______________ this plane?
a) on board b) on top of c) but for
8 It’s a TV show _______________ CNN. Same style, similar content.
a) up to b) à la c) save for
9 It’s your fault! _______________ you, I’d have been on time.
a) But for b) As to c) In favour of
10 My car is _______________ your car. About two cars away.
a) on behalf of b) close to c) up until
Answers: 1b, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5a, 6b, 7a, 8b, 9a, 10b
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Quiz 13 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Nobody objected _______________ you, so we did it.
a) apart from b) opposite to c) as well as
2 Sorry, no whisky. But we have every drink _______________ whisky.
a) up against b) other than c) as per
3 Take your hands _______________ your pockets and help me!
a) ahead of b) out of c) due to
4 _______________ Shirley, we arrived on time.
a) Out of b) Thanks to c) On board
5 The cancellation was _______________ the rain. No other reason.
a) close to b) on to c) due to
6 The cat is sitting _______________ the television.
a) on top of b) on to c) as well as
7 The catjumped _______________ the chair.
a) in case of b) other than c) on to
8 The cat ran _______________ the dog and escaped.
a) away from b) thanks to c) with regard to
9 The school’s ______________ the bank. Between the hotel and bank.
a) infront of b) next to c) on account of
10 The woman _______________ me was wearing a big hat.
a) further to b) as to c) in front of
Answers: 1a, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5c, 6a, 7c, 8a, 9b, 10c
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Quiz 14 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 There is a restaurant _______________ my office. Two minutes away.
a) except for b) near to c) preparatory to
2 There is a tree _______________ the house. Straight across the road.
a) forward of b)in lieu of c) opposite to
3 There was a shop here _______________ 1990. It closed that year.
a) up to b) aside from c) in face of
4 There were two people _______________ me. So that made three.
a) as for b) on board c) in addition to
5 They stopped _______________ the city to check the map.
a) but for b) outside of c) contrary to
6 We are _______________ a powerful enemy.
a) up against b) save for c) on behalf of
7 We can’t play tennis _______________ the rain.
a) as for b) other than c) because of
8 We didn’t go swimming, _______________ the cold weather.
a) on behalf of b) owing to c) with reference to
9 We don’t have any tea. Would you like coffee _______________ tea?
a) out of b) instead of c) by means of
10 We have a long day _______________ us. Let’s get going!
a) up until b) ahead of c) but for
Answers: 1b, 2c, 3a, 4c, 5b, 6a, 7c, 8b, 9b, 10b
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Quiz 15 Complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 We must work strictly _______________ the law.
a) on board b) apart from c) as per
2 We went swimming _______________ the cold water.
a) in spite of b) as well as c) in case of
3 We worked _______________ they came. Then we stopped.
a) up until b) ahead of c) depending on
4 We’ll play tennis tomorrow, _______________ the rain.
a) on behalf of b) by means of c) depending on
5 We’re _______________ eggs. Shall I buy some?
a) out of b) in spite of c) owing to
6 _______________ your comments, I’ll reply soon.
a) On board b) By means of c) With reference to
7 You can park your car _______________ my house.
a) in between b) save for c) in front of
8 You can phone me _______________ need. Day or night.
a) in case of b) in front of c) up against
9 You open a door _______________ its handle.
a) in spite of b) up to c) by means of
10 You should telephone _______________ write, just to be sure.
a) as for b) as well as c) depending on
Answers: 1c, 2a, 3a, 4c, 5a, 6c, 7c, 8a, 9c, 10b
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Quiz 16 Prepositions of place
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Don’t stand __________ the television. I can’t see!
a) on b) in front of c) above
2 Come and sit __________ me so that I can hear you better.
a) beside b) under c) on
3 From the plane we could see people in the fields __________ us.
a) beside b) below c) above
4 You’ll have to turn round to see it. It’s __________ you.
a) behind b) in front of c) over
5 The dead man was lying __________ the ground.
a) behind b) in front of c) on
6 Careful you don’t scratch the table! Better put a cloth __________ it.
a) above b) beside c) over
7 It’s dark where the road goes__________ a railway bridge.
a) on b) behind c) under
8 He looked up at the ceiling __________ him.
a) above b) under c) below
9 You can sit __________ that chair. Nobody is sitting there.
a) in front of b) on c) above
10 The police car came first. The president was in the car __________ it.
a) behind b) on c) under
Answers: 1b, 2a, 3b, 4a, 5c, 6c, 7c, 8a, 9b, 10a
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Quiz 17 Prepositions of time
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 Let’s meet __________ the evening and then go for a drink.
a) at b) in c) behind
2 Does your boss visit the office __________ the morning or afternoon?
a) in b) at c) on
3 I like to get up __________ sunrise and go for a run.
a) at b) on c) in
4 It’s very quiet in this street __________ the day.
a) during b) at c) beside
5 Does the sun rise __________ dawn or at dusk?
a) at b) in c) on
6 What do you normally do __________ the evening?
a) in b) at c) on
7 Mary starts work __________ 9.30am and finishes after 6pm.
a) in b) during c) at
8 The sun is usually highest __________ noon.
a) during b) in c) at
9 The traffic is very bad __________ the morning and afternoon.
a) at b) on c) during
10 Most people sleep __________ night but I have to work.
a) during b) at c) in
Answers: 1b, 2a, 3a, 4a, 5a, 6a, 7c, 8c, 9c, 10b
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Quiz 18 One-word and complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 ____________ Ati, the film was good. But in my opinion it was boring.
a) Except for b) From c) According to
2 I have all my books ____________ my dictionary, which I left at home.
a) regardless of b) through c) except for
3 He ran very fast and won the race ____________ 10 seconds.
a) by b) on c) instead of
4 Nok bought her book ____________ $20 but mine cost me $25.
a) for b) in c) save for
5 Who did you buy it ____________? Have they got any more?
a) of b) from c) out of
6 It’s always your fault if you hit the car ____________ you.
a) on board b) in front of c) since
7 The ticket costs $5 ____________ age. No special price for children.
a) inside b) close to c) regardless of
8 Their meal arrived, ____________ a free bottle of wine.
a) astride b) according to c) together with
9 Oil doesn’t mix ____________ water. It stays separated.
a) with b) further to c) at
10 It was good ____________ her to help. She has her own problems.
a) forward of b) off c) of
Answers: 1c, 2c, 3a, 4a, 5b, 6b, 7c, 8c, 9a, 10c
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Quiz 19 One-word and complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 That’s typical of Tina. It’s just ____________ her to complain.
a) like b) until c) concerning
2 I can’t talk now. But we can talk about it ____________ dinner tonight.
a) over b) on to c) within
3 Come ____________ 9 o’clock. Any time from 8.30 to 9.30 is ok.
a) around b) throughout c) up to
4 If thesea rises, some countries will be ____________ sea-level.
a) pending b) outside of c) below
5 Everybody came at 9am, ____________ Neil who came at 10am.
a) apart from b) underneath c) up against
6 There is a good view from my hotel because it is ____________ a hill.
a) in b) except c) on top of
7 She started to walk ____________ the man, but he followed her.
a) down b) away from c) out of
8 They sat ____________ each other in the cinema and held hands.
a) below b) next to c) via
9 There are 31 days ____________ December.
a) in b) on c) into
10 I sat in the back, ____________ the driver. Andrea sat in front.
a) in face of b) to c) behind
Answers: 1a, 2a, 3a, 4c, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8b, 9a, 10c
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Quiz 20 One-wordand complex prepositions
Choose the most suitable preposition (a, b or c) to fill the blank.
1 ____________ the rain, they did not play tennis.
a) Worth b) Owing to c) On behalf of
2 Can I have fish ____________ chicken? Chicken makes me sick.
a) across b) instead of c) together with
3 There were ten people ____________ the meeting.
a) at b) on c) on board
4 The ticket is $5 or $10, ____________ your age. How old are you?
a) above b) out of c) depending on
5 I work ____________ Dr Hudson. I will have to ask him for permission.
a) since b) under c) as for
6 After his wife died he went ____________ a very bad time.
a) with b) through c) preparatory to
7 There was a good film ____________ television last night.
a) in b) as to c) on
8 You should take paper ____________ a pen. They don’t have either.
a) as b) as well as c) except for
9 Do I have to pay tax ____________ this charge? Or is it included?
a) in addition to b) onto c) counting
10 I’mphoning ____________ your recent order.
a) opposite b) in between c) with reference to
Answers: 1b, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5b, 6b, 7c, 8b, 9a, 10c

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