This lesson introduces some of the most common prepositions of movement in English.
To: show movement in a specific direction
- He will travel to New York this summer holiday.
from: used to show the place where someone or something starts
- What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?
across: show movement from one side to the opposite side
- The boys swam across the lake.
along: move or look towards the end
- We went for a walk along the beach at twilight.
around/round: go along its edge in a circular direction
- Her hair whipped around her face in the wind.
into: go from outside a space to inside a space
- Don't put new wine into old bottles.
out of: go from inside a space to outside a space
- If you can't stand the heat, you should get out of the kitchen.
off: away from
- We get off at the next station.
onto: used to show movement into or on a particular place
- I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.
over: pass above something
- He jumped over the wall.
through: show movement from one side of an enclosed space to the other side
- David walked slowly through the woods.
toward(s): in the direction of, or closer to someone or something
- The cat is creeping silently towards the bird.
up: indicate movement from a lower to a higher position
- She doesn't like riding her bike up these hills.
down: indicate movement from a higher to a lower position
- It's easier to run down the hill than go up.