Preposition Examples

Prepositions Starting with "R" - "Z"

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

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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 "R" - "Z"


 R    S    T    U    
V    W    X    Y    Z  


1. concerning or relating to; about

  • The teacher said, "I need to speak with you regarding your son's behavior."

  • The staff met regarding the future of the museum.

  • I have a question regarding the directions you gave me.
woman with map


1.from a time in the past until a later time in the past or present

  • I have not seen him since high school.

  • Since the divorce, I have not dated anyone.

  • They have been married since 1975.
man and woman


1. by; because of

  • She learned to play basketball through watching her brother.

  • I financed my car through the bank.

  • You will learn through reading.

2. from the beginning to the end of a time

  • The baby cried through the entire movie.

  • I went home sick halfway through the workday.

  • Nick slept through Biology class.

3. from one side to the other side; in and out

  • The baseball went through the window.

  • We hiked through the woods.

  • The spotted creature came through the front door.
monster in doorway


1. used to show relation or connection

  • Is John is related to you? Yes, he is my cousin.

  • I am married to Joe Smith.

  • Sally is secretary to the school principal.

2. going toward something or someone; in the direction of

  • We are driving to my grandmother's house.

  • I am flying to Texas this summer.

  • Throw the ball to me. 
boy catching football


You can use either toward or towards in your sentences. Some say that toward is more popular in American English and towards is more popular in British English. Others say it depends on what area of the United States you are visiting.

1. in the direction of

  • She turned her face toward/towards me.

  • We are flying toward/towards Los Angeles, California.

  • The hunter aimed the gun toward/towards the deer.
hunter    deer


1. less than; younger than

  • Preschool is for children under 6 years of age.

  • The car was priced under $12,000.

  • The baby was asleep for under an hour.

2. below; beneath

  • Can you see the fish under the water?

  • Mom wants to have a picnic under the big tree.

  • I think there is a monster under my bed.


1. under; below; beneath

  • She is wearing a sleeveless shirt underneath her sweater.

  • My apartment is located underneath Bill's Bakery.

  • The man was hiding underneath his desk.

man under desk


1. different from; in contrast; not normal

  • Your bad behavior is unlike you.

    (It is not normal for you to behave badly.)

  • The smell was not unlike the smell of cooked spinach.

    (The smell was similar to the smell of cooked spinach.)

  •  Unlike the rest of his family, he is short.
family picture


1. up to a point in time

  • We lived in that house from 1987 until 2012.

  • Shane will not be home until Wednesday.

  • I forgot to mail my taxes until it was almost too late.

man mailing envelope


1. along a path

  • We live 5 miles up the dirt road.

  • The dog swam up the river.

  • The bride walked up the church aisle.

2. moving to a higher place

  • Tom and Bob hiked up the mountain.

  • The squirrel ran up the tree trunk.

  • Amanda is climbing up the rope.
woman climbing


1. on

*Upon is a more formal than the word "on."
  • Once upon a time...

    (This is a common way to start a fairy tale story.)

  • The Queen sat upon her throne.

  • She wore the hat upon her head.


1. by using

  • We talked via email.

  • She heard about the surprise party via Kathy.

  • Nick is flying to California via American Airlines.

2. through

  • We traveled to New Mexico via Arizona.

  • The students go to the library via my classroom.

  • Blood moves through the body via the heart.
human heart


The word "with" is a very common preposition in the English language. Here are just three of the many definitions of the word "with."

1. together

  • I am having dinner with my best friend.

  • Mike lives with his grandparents.

  • Put the dictionary on the bottom shelf with the other books.

2. having something

  • I like the girl with the red dress.

  • Look at the man with the dog!

  • Tim is the only one in our family with green eyes.

3. using

  • Open the door with the key.

  • I will pay for the gas with my credit card.

  • The letter was sealed with a kiss.


1. before a time has passed

  • I will leave within an hour.

  • You need to return to the doctor within three days.

  • She plans to move within a year.

2. inside; in

*Within is the formal way to say "inside."

  • I have sorrow within my heart.

  • Many languages are spoken within the United States.

  • She stored all of her things within the closet.


1. not doing something

  • Grace cannot sleep alone without a nightlight.

  • He fixed the leak without breaking anything else.

  • She passed the test without studying

2. not having; not using

  • She cannot read without her glasses.

  • He was driving without a license.

  • My son baked a cake without my help.
boy with cake

There are no prepositions for our list starting with X, Y or Z.

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