Preposition Examples

Prepositions Starting with "A"

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 "A"

letter A


1. in a circle around; on every side

(*It is more common to use the word "around" in these sentences.)
  • The people stood about (around) the preacher.

  • The fence was built about the house.

  • She put her arms about me.
woman hugging man

2. near

  • The phone rang about midnight.

  • We are about home.

  • There are many stray cats about our farm.

3. with regard to, concerning

  • He was worried about the children.

  • His honesty is what I like about him.

  • Sammy forgot about the party.

4. shows the subject of something said or written

  • What is Lilly talking about now?

  • Will spoke about his childhood.

  • I read a book about dinosaurs. 



1. in a higher place; over

  • We flew above the grand canyon.

  • Ben lives above the pizza shop.

  • A president is above a vice-president.

    (The president outranks the vice-president.)

2. more than; greater

  • Children above five-years-old will be allowed to ride the bus.

  • Women above 40 need to have regular exams.

  • His score was above average on the test.

    A+ test score


1. on or to the other side of something

  • They flew across the blue Atlantic Ocean.

  • My best friend lives across the street.

  • Mike rode his bike across the town.

2. to spread over or through

  • The sunlight spread across the horizon.

  • The secret spread quickly across the office.

  • The smell spread across the room.

    man carrying smelly trash


1. following

  • My mom and dad arrived yesterday after lunch.

  • You can watch television after you finish your chores.

  • The show starts 15 minutes after six.


1. in opposition to; in competition with

  • Jenny and I played on teams against each other.

  • The president voted against the law.

  • The United States fought against Japan during the war.

2. leaning on or touching something

  • Lean all the logs against that tree.

  • The rain was beating against my window.

  • He was pushing against the brick wall.

    man pushing against a wall


1. in a line matching the length of something

  • Please line up along the west wall.

  • The plane flew along the horizon.

  • We rode horses along the beach. 

    man riding horse


1. in a group

  • The child was lost among the crowd of tourists.

  • I feel most comfortable singing when I am among family.

  • Can you see the egg among the bushes? 

    easter egg


1. near

  • She will arrive around 8:00 tonight.

  • I will be around the house tomorrow if you call.

  • My keys have to be around here somewhere

2. on all sides; circle

  • The children gathered around their teacher.

  • Please walk around the table.

  • There is a ring around the planet Saturn.



1. used to show a condition, role, job

  • He worked as a plumber for ten years.

  • My father served as president of the men's club.

  • I am speaking as a teacher, not as her mother.


1. the place where something is located

  • I only drink water when I am at work.

  • Please park at the back of the house.

  • She types at her desk. 

    woman sitting at desk

2. because of; in reaction to

  • I laughed at him when he fell down.

  • My mom was angry at me for hitting my brother.

  • The dog sits at my command. 

    man with dog

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

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