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Prepositions of Movement: Definition, List and Useful Examples


Prepositions of Movement! A preposition can provide us with information on the relationship between two words within a sentence, one such relationship is movement of something in the sentence. For example, ‘the car drove along the street’ This shows us where something was going and allows us to understand what is being talked about more clearly.

In this section, we are going to show you a detailed list of prepositions of movement which will add to your vocabulary as well as giving yo the ability to create more detailed sentences and sound more fluent.

Prepositions of Movement

Learn useful list of prepositions of movement in English with meaning, example sentences, video and ESL pictures.

What are Prepositions of Movement?

Prepositions of movement or direction are used to show movement from one place to another. These prepositions are most often used with verbs of motion and are found after the verb.

Preposition of movement examples:

  • She turned her back to the audience.
  • He looked straight into her eyes.
  • She pushed her face towards him.
  • They rode along narrow country lanes.
  • Her hair whipped around her face in the wind.

Prepositions of Movement List with Examples


The preposition to is used to indicate a destination or direction.


The boys go to school in groups.

Many people travel to work by car.

He got out of bed and walked to the window.

Would you like to run to the harbor to look at the ships?

We’re driving to Maryland to look at a drop tank?

He came to England in his infancy.

The preposition to is sometimes used to indicate a specific position, especially if a person or object is facing something.


The physics lab is down the hall to your right.

She turned her back to the audience.


The preposition towards is used to say that someone or something moves, looks, faces,… in the direction of someone or something.


She pushed her face towards him.

She was carrying a suitcase and walking towards.


The preposition through is used when we talk about movement from one side to another but “in something”, such as long grass or a forest.


David walked slowly through the woods.

The Charles River flows through Boston.


The preposition into is used to talk about the movement that enters a space, usually with a verb that expresses movement.


Don’t put new wine into old bottles.

He looked straight into her eyes.

She swerved and crashed into the fence


The preposition over refers to movement at a higher level than something else. It also can be used when talking about movement across a surface.


He jumped over the wall.

A beautiful white bird flew over the lake.

 Over also functions as a preposition expressing position. It often has a similar meaning to the preposition above.


He lived in a flat above/ over the shop.


The preposition across is used when talking about movement from one side of something to the other which has sides or limits such as a city, road or river. It is also used to when something touches or stretches from one side to another.


The boys swam across the lake.

The truck skidded sideways across the road.

It’s the first time I’ve flown across the Atlantic.


The preposition along is used to show movement of something in a line that follows the side of something long.


We went for a walk along the beach at twilight.

They rode along narrow country lanes.


The preposition from is used to show the place where someone or something starts.


What time does the flight from Amsterdam arrive?


The preposition around refers to the movement in circles or in the vicinity of something


Her hair whipped around her face in the wind.


The preposition onto is used to talk about movement to a position on a surface, usually with a verb that expresses movement.


I slipped as I stepped onto the platform.


The preposition up refers to a higher position or movement to a higher position.


She doesn’t like riding her bike up these hills.


The preposition down indicates the movement to a lower position.


It’s easier to run down the hill than go up.

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Prepositions of Movement

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