Preposition of Direction
Correct Uses of Prepositions of Direction
Prepositions of direction tell about the way which a person or thing moves or is directed, in relation to other people and things.
- To is used to express motion from one place to another.
- We walked to the river and back.
- Towards refers to a particular direction.
- a) He saw me running towards him.
- b) She glanced towards the mirror.
- Into denotes motion towards the inside of something.
- She fell into a ditch.
- At refers to aim.
- He aimed at the bird.
- For denotes direction.
- a) I will leave for Memphis today.
- b) The minister left for the U.K.
- Against shows pressure.
- a) She cleaned the edge of her knife against the plate.
- b) He leaned against a tree.
- Off refers to separation.
- a) He was wiping sweat off his face.
- b) Kim fell off his chair in a swoon.
- From refers to the starting point of departure.
- a) The man parted from his friends.
- b) We scrambled from our trucks and ran after them.
Other Uses of Preposition
- About shows nearness.
- a) I was about to go to bed when there was a knock at the door.
- b) His father is about to retire
- Along stands for in the same line.
- a) She led them along the corridor.
- b) The current passes along the wire here.
- After refers to sequence.
- a) She came after me.
- b> Soon after, Faraday began his researches into electricity.
- Before means in front of, sequence.
- a) A thief was brought before the judge.
- b) The garage is before the judge. The garage is before the road.
- Behind means at the back of.
- a) She sat down behind the hedge.
- b) The sun went behind a cloud.
- Beyond means on the farther side of.
- a) This is beyond his power.
- b) Love is beyond all human control.
- Beside means by the side of.
- I sat down beside my wife.
- Besides means in addition to.
- Besides being a teacher, she is a skilled craftsman.