prepositions of direction

Prepositions of Direction

A preposition is a word that shows certain relations between other words. With, for, by, and in are prepositions in the sentence “A man with rugs for sale walked by our house in the morning.”

Grammatically, a preposition introduces a word or phrase and connects that word with the word it modifies.

There are only about 60 prepositions in English. The most common ones include at, by, in, for, on, to, and with. Prepositions must have objects, the words or phrases they introduce.

In this lesson, we look at prepositions of direction: across, from, into, over, through, to, toward.

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A. Across, from one side to the other of; to the other side of; over. The elderly lady walked across the street.
1. It is easy walk across the street in my city. True or false?

2. Can you easily go or travel across your country’s borders?
B. From, away from, left behind. We come from Australia.

3. Where do the foods in the shops come from?

4. All the residents of my city were born here. Yes or no? Where do the people in your city come from?
C. Into, to the inside of; entering a room or building. The explorers went into the cave.

5. What happens when the President (or other VIP) comes into a room?

6. Can anyone come into the legislative hall while it is in session?


D. Over, getting to the other side. The truck went over the bridge.
7. Can you go over the border without a visa? Is it easy to go over the border? Do you need a visa to visit other countries?
E. Through, from end to end of; from beginning to end of. The train goes through many tunnels.

8. Travelers have to go through many security checks at the airport. Is this correct or incorrect?

9. What sort of obstacles or challenges do you have to go through in order to have a successful career or business?
F. To, movement to a place or person. The class went on an excursion to London.

10. Did your school have excursions for students? Where did you go?

11. It is better to go to bed early than to go to bed late. What do you think?
G. Toward, movement in the direction of, but not having reached a place. The schoolchildren are walking towards the lake.

12. I am moving towards my goals in life. Yes or no?

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