Prepositions Starting with
"L" - "O"
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
"L" - "O"
1. similar to; comparable to
- Don't act like
- That perfume smells like
- He looks like
1. close to; next to
- The train will arrive near
- I will wait for you near
- There's a palm tree near
1. besides, other than, in comparison
- I am the tallest person in my family, next to
(My mom is taller than I am. I am second tallest.)
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
- The bride walks next to
- The goat is sitting next to
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
- Please hand me one of
- 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.
3. used with measurements and time
- My birthday is the sixteenth of
- You must be 18 years of
age to attend.
- Mom bought three bags of
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
2. away from a price or time
- Everything is 20% off the
- The coupons took $5 off
- The shortcut will knock 10 minutes off
3. down or away from
- Stay off
the wet cement!
- I live 15 miles off
the main road.
- The bird fell off the
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
- Put your jacket on
before you go outside.
- I wear my grandmother's ring on
my left ring finger.
- I need to check out a book on zebras.
- Did you see that television series on Thomas
- The teacher gave us an exam on
3. used to show a date or day something will happen or
- Our next meeting will be on
- Ben saw a deer on
his way to work yesterday.
- I have a date on
4. used to show a type of transportation
- Tony was on
the bus this morning.
- Didn't you see me on
- I live to travel on
1. moving to a position on something
- Can you copy those songs onto
- Tom dropped his ice cream onto
the clean floor.
- I climbed onto
the horse's back.
1. on the other side; next to; across from
- Put the stamp opposite
- Our house is opposite the
- During the interview, she sat in the chair opposite
1. opposite of inside; in a place near
- Meet me outside
- Put your name on the outside
of the envelope.
- Leave the dog outside
1. covering; on top of
- She is wearing a sundress over
- Lay the blanket over
- 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
- I saw the clouds coming over the
- He likes to cook marshmallows over
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
4. more than
- I waited at the office over
- The swimming pool is open if the temperature is over
- She does not date men over
- A foot of snow fell over
the last three days.
- He has grown up over
- We talked over
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