Prepositions of Movement

Prepositions of movement are used to show directions and movement to or from a  place. The words to, through, and across are often used in this purpose.

To is most often used to show movement with the purpose of reaching or mentioning a specific destination.

For example:

  • I took my kids to their school.
  • They went to the supermarket.

Through is most often used to show movement from one side of a space to another.
For example:

  • We walked through the wall as a poltergeist.
  • The mad man ran through the corridor.
Across is used to show movement from one side of a surface to another.

For example:

  • We drove across the courtyard.
  • She swam across the lake.
Prepositions
Use
In
Room, building, street, town, country
Book, paper etc.
Car, taxi
Picture, world
At
Meaning next to, by an object
For table
For events
Place where you are to do something typical (watch a film, study, work)
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
By, next to, beside
Left or right of somebody or something
Under
On the ground, lower than (or covered by) something else
Below
Lower than something else but above ground
Over
Covered by something else
Meaning more than
Getting to the other side (also across)
Overcoming an obstacle
Above
Higher than something else, but not directly over it
Across
Getting to the other side (also over)
Getting to the other side
Through
Something with limits on top, bottom and the sides
To
Movement to person or building
Movement to a place or country
For bed
Into
Enter a room / a building
Towards
Movement in the direction of something (but not directly to it)
Onto
Movement to the top of something
From
In the sense of where from

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