Prepositions of Movement

Prepositions of movement express movement or direction from one place to another.


List of Prepositions of Movement

across along around away back
down from into off onto
out of over past round through
to towards under up


The cat jumped onto the table.
The dog jumped into the box.
He took the picture off the wall.
I walked over the mountain.
The number of chess players has gone up in the past five years.
She went down to the shop.
Don't walk through the park at night.
The man walked towards the highway.
I am from Germany.
She walked away quietly.
The girl ran around the table to catch the cat.
Just walk along the main road and you will get there.




across / through

Across: movement from one side of an area or line to the other side.
Through: movement from one side of a space to the other side.

Sometimes you can use either across or through for areas. See below

I walked across the park. I walked through the park.
I walked across the city. I walked through the city.

Prepositions of movement: across, along, through

I walked across the room.
I ran across the garden.

Through

He walked across the bedroom, along the wall and through the door.
The police man tried to see things through his eyes.
John went home and put a bullet through his head.
What was the last thing that went through his mind?

Through the roof

Rents have gone through the roof. (Rents went to a high level)
If he gets no money he'll go through the roof. (He gets angry.)
Sales of cars have gone through the roof. (Sales are at high level)

Done and through are sometimes interchangeable, without any difference in meaning. Use them when you have finished doing or using something.

Examples:
He is done. Or: He is through. - It means he has finished doing or using something.

My mother is through with her homework. Or: My mother is done with her homework.

You can also use finished in place of done or through.
My mother is finished with her homework.



along / around

Along: You follow a line.
Example: I walked along the street.

Around: You try to overcome an obstacle.
Example: I walked around the hill.


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