Preposition Examples

Prepositions Starting with "B"

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 "B"

The letter B


1. at an earlier time

  • Stan arrived at work before his boss.

  • The show start 15 minutes before noon.

  • Call me before you leave your house.

2. in front of

  • Turn west before the school.

  • He stood before me in the line.

  • The teacher stood before the class. 


1. losing in a competition

  • Tommy finished behind Billy in the race.

  • My team was behind at halftime.

  • Mr. Jones is behind Mr. Smith in the voting polls.

2. at the back of something; opposite of "in front"

  • My sister snuck up behind me and scared me.

  • I hid behind the tree.

  • The criminal is behind bars. (in jail)
man in jail


1. in a lower place; under; less than

  • The ice cream shop is one floor below the clothing store.

  • It was ten degrees below zero last night.

  • A vice-president is below the president.

    (The vice-president does not have as much power as the president.)


1. not good enough; less than

  • He thinks cleaning the house is beneath him.

    (He thinks he is too important to clean the house.)

  • I'm not going to take that job because it is beneath me.

    (I deserve a better job.)

2. lower than; under; below

  • We had class beneath the big oak tree.

  • My name is beneath yours on the bus list. 

  • He was hiding beneath the rock.
man under rock


1. next to

  • Please stand beside your parents.

  • We live beside the park.

  • Who is standing beside you in this picture? 


1. other than or in addition to; except; but

  • Can you cook anything besides pizza?

  • Nobody is finished besides (except) me.

  • Besides being expensive, that dress is perfect!


1. in the middle of

  • Janet said she would be home between 6:00 and 6:30.

  • The bride walked between the aisles.

  • Did you cut down the tree between the two houses?

2. used to show two or more people or things

  • I can't choose between the red car and the blue car.

  • She does not have any time to date between work and her children.

  • Please keep this secret between us.

    (Do not tell anyone else the information.)
woman telling a secret


1. other than; except; besides

  • Mom said I could buy anything but candy with my Christmas money.

  • Nobody is home but me.

  • I don't like any girls but my sister.


1. near; close to; beside

  • The dog should walk by you.

  • We live by the zoo.

  • We were talking by the fence.

    women by fence

2. used to show someone (or something) performs an action

  • The law was vetoed by the President of the United States.

  • She was stung by a bee.

  • That book was written by John Smith. 

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

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