Prepositions Starting with
"R" - "Z"
This series of lessons will list and define some of the most common
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.
is a word or phrase that comes before a noun or pronoun
to show its connection to the other words in the sentence.
can show place, time, position, or method.
Prepositions Starting with
"R" - "Z"
1. concerning or relating to; about
- The teacher said, "I need to speak with you regarding
- The staff met regarding
the future of the museum.
- I have a question regarding
the directions you gave me.
1.from a time in the past until a later time in the past or
- I have not seen him since
the divorce, I have not dated anyone.
- They have been married since
1. by; because of
- She learned to play basketball through
watching her brother.
- I financed my car through
- You will learn through
2. from the beginning to the end of a time
- The baby cried through
the entire movie.
- I went home sick halfway through
- Nick slept through
3. from one side to the other side; in and out
- The baseball went through
- We hiked through
- The spotted creature
came through the front door.
1. used to show relation or connection
- Is John is related to
you? Yes, he is my cousin.
- I am married to
- 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
You can use either toward
in your sentences. Some say
is more popular in American English and towards
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
- We are flying toward/towards
Los Angeles, California.
- The hunter aimed the gun toward/towards
1. less than; younger than
- Preschool is for children under
6 years of age.
- The car was priced under
- The baby was asleep for under
2. below; beneath
- Can you see the fish under the
- Mom wants to have a picnic under
the big tree.
- I think there is a monster under my
1. under; below; beneath
- She is wearing a sleeveless shirt underneath
- My apartment is located underneath
- The man was hiding underneath
1. different from; in contrast; not normal
- Your bad behavior is unlike
(It is not normal for you to behave badly.)
- The smell was not
the smell of cooked spinach.
(The smell was similar to the smell of cooked spinach.)
the rest of his family, he is short.
1. up to a point in time
- We lived in that house from 1987 until
- Shane will not be home until
- I forgot to mail my taxes until
it was almost too late.
1. along a path
- We live 5 miles up
the dirt road.
- The dog swam up
- The bride walked up
the church aisle.
2. moving to a higher place
- Tom and Bob hiked up
- The squirrel ran up
the tree trunk.
- Amanda is climbing up
*Upon is a more formal than the word "on."
- Once upon
(This is a common way to start a fairy tale story.)
- The Queen sat upon her
- She wore the hat upon her
1. by using
- We talked via
- She heard about the surprise party via
- Nick is flying to California via
- We traveled to New Mexico via
- The students go to the library via
- Blood moves through the body via
The word "with" is a very common preposition in the English language.
Here are just three of the many definitions of the word "with."
- I am having dinner with
my best friend.
- Mike lives with
- 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
- Tim is the only one in our family with
- Open the door with
- I will pay for the gas with
my credit card.
- The letter was sealed with
1. before a time has passed
- I will leave within
- You need to return to the doctor within
- She plans to move within
2. inside; in
*Within is the formal way to say "inside."
- I have sorrow within
- Many languages are spoken within
the United States.
- She stored all of her things within
There are no prepositions
for our list starting with X, Y or Z.
1. not doing something
- Grace cannot sleep alone without
- He fixed the leak without
breaking anything else.
- She passed the test without
2. not having; not using
- She cannot read without
- He was driving without
- My son baked a cake without
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