Having a list of prepositions handy is essential to effective English communications. There is no denying their importance to the English language. They bind sentences together and allow us to expand on ideas and information. Prepositions show relationships between words.
They’re so important that three of them (to, of, and in) make it to the top ten of the most common words used in English.
How to Memorize Prepositions Quickly
Before we explore our Ultimate List of Prepositions, let’s look at some fun ways to memorize prepositions or any vocabulary group you want to commit to memory.
That’s right! There’s a preposition song set to the tune of Yankee Doodle that English teachers use to teach this grammar concept to American children. And if that tune isn’t your favorite, here are a couple of others that might help these prepositions stick:
Not into musical learning? That’s fine! (It was never my favorite either…)
You can also create your own flashcard sets on the internet that can help you learn and memorize our ultimate list of prepositions.
Simply go to quizlet.com and create your own flashcard set for free. In fact, they have a program on their site where you can import text (like if you copy and paste our prepositions list with sentences below!), and it will immediately create a flashcard deck for immediate use.
With all of these resources, you have no excuse not to know your English prepositions! Now get to work on our list.
Note that many of the words below have more than one meaning or usage. If you’re unsure of a word, refer to a solid English dictionary to confirm its meaning and usage.
A-Z List of Prepositions with Examples
By means of
In accordance with
In addition to
In case of
In front of
In lieu of
In place of
In spite of
On account of
On behalf of
On top of
**Toward and Towards mean the same thing. Toward is used in the US and Towards in the UK.**
That’s our Ultimate List of Prepositions! Can you think of any we missed? Leave a comment below and let us know. And if you want to take your English learning to the next level, schedule an appointment with one of our amazing tutors.