Preposition Examples

Prepositions Starting with "C" - "I"

This series of lessons will list and define some of the most common prepositions in the English language. 

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Many preposition examples will be included with each definition.

There are about 150 prepositions in the English language. We will learn some of the most common prepositions.

A preposition is a word or phrase that comes before a noun or pronoun to show its connection to the other words in the sentence.

Prepositions can show place, time, position, or method.

Prepositions Starting with "C" - "I"


C    D    E    F   
G    H    I


1. relating to; about

  • The phone call was concerning her children.

  • We had a meeting concerning our future raises.

  • The teacher talked to my parents concerning my bad grades. 


1. along a path

  • Can you walk down this street to get to the grocery store?

  • We floated down the stream.

  • My classroom is located down this hallway.

2. from a higher to a lower place

  • The firefighter slid down the pole.

  • I dropped my ring down the drain.

  • Rain fell down from the sky.


1. at some time; throughout

  • Please don't call me during work.

  • I work during the night and sleep during the day.

  • I like to ski during the winter when it is snowing. 
bear skiing

Except/Except for

1. not including; other than

  • Except for math, I passed every class this year!

  • I work every day except Friday.

  • Everyone was sick except my dad who took care of us. 
man giving medicine to woman


"For" has many definitions. Here are three of the most common with examples.

1. going to or showing something is given to someone

  • I bought this shirt for you.

    (I'm giving this shirt to you.)
  • When does the next train leave for Boston?

    (When is the next train going to Boston?)

  • I leave for work at 8:15 every morning.

2. because of; used to show why something is done

  • You should be studying for your test.

  • We dress up for church.

  • I cried for the victims of the accident.

3. in place of; instead of; to help

  • Dan is playing for the injured player.

  • The substitute is teaching for Mrs. Johnson. 

  • Can you carry those boxes for me?
man carrying boxes


1. Used to show the cause of something

  • I am suffering from bronchitis.

  • She is tired from running the race.

  • I learned how to dance from watching a television show.

2. starting point; origin

  • Jane moved here from Kansas.

  • My family is originally from Germany.

  • I walked to school from my house.

3. source

  • I borrowed a coat from him.

  • She spoke from her heart.

  • The magician pulled a rabbit from his hat.



There are many ways to use the preposition "in". Here are just a few of the most common examples.

1. within; inside

  • I left my purse in the car.

  • Hold the kitten gently in your hands.

  • We swam in the big swimming pool.

people in swimming pool

2. during

  • I was born in the 1980s.

  • She had all of her children in her thirties.

  • Call me in the morning.

3. used to show method, material, form, or color of something

  • The bride was dressed in white satin.

  • The prayer was said in Latin.

  • I wrote the words in my best handwriting.
nice handwriting


1. in; into; within

  • Wait for your mom inside the school.

  • I live inside the city limits.

  • I am looking for cookies inside the cookie jar. 
cookies in cookie jar


1. toward the inside; in the direction of

  • Please do not come into the room without knocking.

  • My boyfriend looked into my eyes when he said, "I love you."

  • The class is taking a field trip into the city.

2. hitting or touching

  • The bird ran into the window.

  • He bumped into the woman and spilled her coffee.

  • The car ran into the tree.
car crash

These were Preposition Examples starting with "C" through "I". Now that you know them, it is time to practice! Get our ESL Books.

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