Preposition of Direction

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Examples of Prepositions of Direction

Prepositions of direction are words that help describe the movement or direction of something. They indicate the way in which a person or thing moves or is directed, in relation to other people and things.

Common prepositions of direction include:

  1. To

    To is used to express motion from one place to another. For example:

    • We walked to the river and back.
  2. Towards

    Towards refers to a particular direction:

    • He saw me running towards him.
    • She glanced towards the mirror.
  3. Into

    Into denotes motion towards the inside of something.

    • She fell into a ditch.
  4. At

    At refers to aim. For example:

    • He aimed at the bird.
  5. Through

    Through indicates movement from one side to the other, typically within something. For example:

    • They walked through the tunnel.
  6. Up

    Up indicates movement in an upward direction. For example:

    • He is climbing up the ladder.
  7. Down

    Down indicates movement in a downward direction. For example:

    • She is walking down the stairs.
  8. Over

    Over indicates movement from one side of an obstacle to the other, typically involving going above it. For example:

    • She climbed over the wall.
  9. Out of

    Out of indicates movement from the inside to the outside of something. For example:

    • He jumped out of the car.
  10. For

    For denotes direction:

    • I will leave for Memphis today.
    • The minister left for the U.K.
  11. Against

    Against shows pressure. For example:

    • She cleaned the edge of her knife against the plate.
    • He leaned against a tree.
  12. Off

    Off refers to separation. For example:

    • He was wiping sweat off his face.
    • Kim fell off his chair in a swoon.
  13. From

    From refers to the starting point of departure.

    • The man parted from his friends.
    • We scrambled from our trucks and ran after them.

Other Uses of Preposition

  1. About shows nearness:

    • I was about to go to bed when there was a knock at the door.
    • His father is about to retire
  2. Before means in front of, sequence:

    • A thief was brought before the judge.
    • The garage is before the judge. The garage is before the road.
  3. Along stands for in the same line:

    • She led them along the corridor.
    • The current passes along the wire here.
  4. After refers to sequence:

    • She came after me.
    • Soon after, Faraday began his researches into electricity.
  5. Behind means at the back of:

    • She sat down behind the hedge.
    • The sun went behind a cloud.
  6. Beyond means on the farther side of:

    • This is beyond his power.
    • Love is beyond all human control.
  7. Beside means by the side of:

    • I sat down beside my wife.
  8. Besides means in addition to:

    • Besides being a teacher, she is a skilled craftsman.

The prepositions mentioned in this study are used to provide information about the direction or movement of objects, people, or actions in various contexts.

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    • OLYMPIAD EHF ENGLISH ACTIVITY BOOK CLASS 10 & 11 Preposition of Direction (Pg. 92) By Dr. Sandeep Ahlawat

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