Prepositions of direction

Prepositions of direction show us to where or in which direction something moves.

Here are some of the most common:

to
to
We went to London last week.

He sent a message to his mother.
 from
from
He lives in Canada but he’s from New York.
We cycled from Paris to Brussels in five days.
 up
up
The hikers walked up the hill.
down
down
The ball rolled down the hill.
 into
in, into
He put the money in / into his pocket.
The man fell in / into the river.
 out of
out, out of
She took her purse out / out of her bag.
She got out / out of the car and walked to the house.

 over
over
The thief climbed over the fence.
The cat jumped over the wall.
 over
over
The plane flew over London.
 under
under
The cat crawled under the fence.
The secret tunnel ran under the Berlin Wall.
 round
round, around
The walked round / around the other side of the church.
through
through
They drove through the tunnel.
Water runs through
pipes to your house.

See also: Prepositions of place >>

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