Useful List of Common Prepositions in English 1

Useful List of Common Prepositions in English

English Prepositions are a class of words that express spatial or temporal relations (in, under, towards) or marking various semantic roles (of, for).

English Prepositions

An English preposition typically combines with a noun or pronoun, or more generally a noun phrase, this being called its complement, or sometimes object. An English preposition comes before its complement.

This is the English prepositions Table. In English, some prepositions are short, mostly containing six letters or fewer. There are, however, many multi-word prepositions.

List of Prepositions

Single Word English Prepositions

a given
abaft in
abeam including
aboard inside
about into
above like
absent mid (from “amid”. Usually used poetically.)
across midst (from “amidst”. Usually used poetically.)
afore minus
after modulo
against near
along next
alongside notwithstanding (also used postpositionally)
amid of
amidst off
among on
amongst onto
an (see “a” for usage in front of consonants) opposite
anenst out
apropos (“apropos of” is a common derived term) outside
apud over
around pace
as (also an adverb and a conjunction) past
aside per
astride plus
at pro
athwart qua
atop regarding
barring round
before sans
behind save
below since
beneath than
beside through, thru (informal)
besides throughout, thruout (informal)
between till (same as “until”, with prosodic restrictions)
beyond to
but toward
by towards
chez under
circa (sometimes abbreviated as “c.” or “ca.”) underneath
concerning unlike
despite until
down unto
during up
except upon
excluding versus, commonly abbreviated as “vs.”, or (principally in law or sports) as “v.”
failing via
following vice, meaning “in place of”
for with (sometimes written as “w/”)
forenenst within (sometimes written as “w/in” or “w/i”)
from without (sometimes written as “w/o”)

Two Words English Prepositions

according to near to
ahead of next to
apart from on to (contracted as onto)
as for opposite of
as of opposite to
as per out from
as regards out of
aside from outside of
astern of owing to
back to prior to
because of pursuant to
close to rather than
due to regardless of
except for right of
far from subsequent to
in to (contracted as into) such as
inside of (note that inside out is an adverb, not a preposition) thanks to
instead of that of
left of up to

Three words English Prepositions

as far as is one example of the many expressions which can be analyzed as as+adjective+as rather than a multiword preposition
as long as in the sense of if or since, rather than of the same length
as opposed to
as soon as
as well as