Preposition Examples

Prepositions Starting with "L" - "O"

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 "L" - "O"


L    M    N    O   


1. similar to; comparable to

  • Don't act like a baby.

  • That perfume smells like roses.

  • He looks like his father.
father with son


1. close to; next to

  • The train will arrive near dark.

  • I will wait for you near the entrance.

  • There's a palm tree near the hut.
hut and tree

Next to

1. besides, other than, in comparison

  • I am the tallest person in my family, next to my mom.

    (My mom is taller than I am. I am second tallest.)

  • Next to you, John is the highest paid employee.

    (You are the only employee who makes more money than John.)

2. beside, on the side of

  • I parked my car next to yours.

  • The bride walks next to her father.

  • The goat is sitting next to the bear.
goat and bear sitting on couch


This tiny word has many uses as a preposition. Here are a few of the most common uses.

1a. belonging to or connected with someone or something

  • The final score of last night's football game was 35-12.

  • Do you know the price of a movie ticket?

  • The President of the United States will be visiting our city.

1b. belonging to or connected with a group of people or things

  • Are you one of Mary's sisters?

  • Please hand me one of those pencils.

  • The three of us flew to China last year.

2. from a certain place

  • The residents of my town built the city park.

  • Some plants of Hawaii are endangered.

  • The people of Mexico speak Spanish.

Mexican flag

3. used with measurements and time

  • My birthday is the sixteenth of November.

  • You must be 18 years of age to attend.

  • Mom bought three bags of groceries.

woman with groceries


1. remove; shows something has been separated or removed

  • Please take off your muddy shoes before coming in the house.

  • She cut all of her hair off.

  • I took your name off the list.

2. away from a price or time

  • Everything is 20% off the original price.

  • The coupons took $5 off my total.

  • The shortcut will knock 10 minutes off your drive.

3. down or away from

  • Stay off the wet cement!

  • I live 15 miles off the main road.

  • The bird fell off the wire. 
birds on wire


Here is another tiny word with many uses as a preposition. Here are some of the most common uses of the word on.

1. covering something; part of the surface

  • Most people put butter on their toast.

  • Put your jacket on before you go outside.

  • I wear my grandmother's ring on my left ring finger.
woman wearing ring

2. about

  • I need to check out a book on zebras.

  • Did you see that television series on Thomas Jefferson?

  • The teacher gave us an exam on prepositions.

3. used to show a date or day something will happen or already happened

  • Our next meeting will be on February 10.

  • Ben saw a deer on his way to work yesterday.

  • I have a date on Wednesday.

4. used to show a type of transportation

  • Tony was on the bus this morning.

  • Didn't you see me on my bike?

  • I live to travel on a plane.
man getting on plane


1. moving to a position on something

  • Can you copy those songs onto a CD?

  • Tom dropped his ice cream onto the clean floor.

  • I climbed onto the horse's back.
girl on horse


1. on the other side; next to; across from

  • Put the stamp opposite your name.

  • Our house is opposite the park.

  • During the interview, she sat in the chair opposite me.


1. opposite of inside; in a place near

  • Meet me outside the library.

  • Put your name on the outside of the envelope.

  • Leave the dog outside the house.
dog outside door


1. covering; on top of

  • She is wearing a sundress over her swimsuit.

  • Lay the blanket over his legs.

  • I put my hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.

2. to, from, or at a higher place (not touching); above

  • The geese flew over our heads.

  • I saw the clouds coming over the mountains.

  • He likes to cook marshmallows over the campfire.

3. going across; from one side to the other side

  • We flew over the Atlantic Ocean.

  • I just crossed over the border of Mexico.

  • Follow the bridge over the river.

4. more than

  • I waited at the office over two hours.

  • The swimming pool is open if the temperature is over 70 degrees.

  • She does not date men over 35.

5. during

  • A foot of snow fell over the last three days.

  • He has grown up over the years.

  • We talked over coffee.
  women talking

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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