Advanced English Grammar



ESL Prepositions


Learning ESL prepositions can be done through a variety of methods.

Using more than one method -- including a couple of the more popular forms mentioned in this site -- will probably produce the best results and aid in your retention.

Popular forms of learning and / or teaching prepositions include taking a preposition walk, or playing a game of preposition charades, -- as explained on this teaching esl prepositions page.

If you haven't tried it yet, you might want to learn your ESL prepositions with a song. 'Jingle Bells,' 'Row Your Boat, or 'Yankee Doodle' tunes can be used with words from the following list of prepositions.

As an example, I made the first verse of the preposition song using the 'Row Your Boat' tune as seen below.

Just keep adding words until you've used them all up making a nice little memorable tune that is easy and fun to do.

ESL Prepositions Tune - (row your boat) 

about inside above into
across near like against
after off among along
around onto before

Other prepositions to use...

at, of, on, out, outside, behind, over, past, beneath, since, beside, through, between, throughout, beyond, till, but, to, by, toward, despite, under, down, underneath, during, until, except, up, for, upon, from, with, in, within, without

Of course, learning prepositions isn't only fun and games. That's why I've included pages in this site with ESL prepositions of manner, place, time, ways and means and comparison plus FREE original exercises for you to help remember proper preposition usage.

To return to the main prepositions page and to learn more about esl prepositions click on the preceding link.