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Photo of a dog wearing a scarf

List of prepositions

Prepositions are found before nouns to form phrases that act as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives. They usually express a relationship of size or time.spatial, temporal, or other relationship.

Photo of a child above a soldier

Ais forAbove

Something is above something else it it is higher up. In the picture, the child is above the soldier.
Photo of a dog wearing a scarf

Ais forAround

Around is in a circular way. The dog in the picture has a scarf around his neck.
Photo of a tiger hiding behind a tree

Bis forBehind

Something is behind you if you cannot see it - your back is facing it rather than your front. The tiger in the picture is behind a tree.
Photo of the underneath of a cat

Bis forBelow

Something is below something else if it is lower down than it, with the other thing above. This photo was taken from below a cat.
Photo of two women sitting beside each other.

Bis forBeside

Two things are beside each other if they are next to each other, facing the same direction. The two women on the bench are sitting beside each other, or side by side.
Photo of a cat between two dogs

Bis forBetween

Something is between if it is in the space in the middle of two other things. The cat in the picture is eating dinner between two dogs.

Bis forBy

By might mean near, as in "she was sitting by the lake". It might also be used to indicate who did something, for example "this book was written by my brother".
Down is a direction. You go down when you go lower. The cat in the picture has just jumped down into a hole. The opposite of down is up.
Photo of a sign that says for

Fis forFor

For means with a purpose of, or intended to belong to. Some examples are: "I am collecting shells for my sandcastle" "That cupboard is for the towels" "Is that for me?" Not to be confused with four.

Iis forIn

Something is in something else if it is contained in it somehow. The cat in the picture is going in the box. The opposite of in is out.