Prepositions of Direction
Prepositions of direction are few in number but they are also important to
They include those found below and are best learned and
understood in context.
Study the examples below carefully and then do the exercise that follows. You can
check your answers to see how well you know these prepositions of direction.
AROUND = in a circular direction
I've driven around this neighborhood three times and I
still can’t find their house.
AT = in
the (general) direction of
The little boy threw a stone at the little girl.
AWAY FROM = leaving a place, a person or an object
She ran away
from home when she was sixteen.
Raindrops ran down the windscreen making it difficult to
see the road.
DOWN TO = descending motion expressing a final destination
The child fell down
to the ground.
having the view or destination of
The Israelites set out for The Promised Land when they left Egypt.
INTO= a destination within something
The frightened deer disappeared into the forest.
ONTO= a destination on something
He put the plate onto the table and began to eat his
OUT OF = a destination outside of something
He ran out of the room as if he were on fire.
TO = in
the specific direction of
To the hospital, please. And hurry!
This is an emergency.
Could you give this DVD to Jill, please?
TOWARDS = in the general direction of
We were driving towards the city center when we had an
ascending, in a general motion
The smoke from the fire went up into the sky.
UP TO =
ascending, expressing specific destination
You'll be able to reach the cat if you climb up to the top of the tree.
Set phrases for Prepositions of Direction
He couldn't wait for his vacation to get away from it all.
The cost of a new car brought him down
When situations worsen we say we go from out
of the frying pan, into the fire.
** Special Note
Prepositions of Direction Exercise
When you shout at someone. (You are angry)
When you shout to someone. (You want to attract their attention.)
You throw the ball at someone. (You want to hit them with the ball.)
You throw the ball to someone. (You want them to have it, you give it to them.)
Choose from the drop down menu the preposition(s) that best complete the sentences below.
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