Prepositions are relationship words. They link nouns, pronouns, verbs and phrases together in a sentence. Without prepositions, it would be impossible to communicate. For example, would you understand a sentence that read "I want go the mall get a dress prom"? Perhaps you might be able to decipher it, but it certainly wouldn't be fun.
The missing words in that example are prepositions (to, and, for) and there are many more prepositions you can use too. Let's familiarize ourselves with a list of common prepositions.
There are several hundred prepositions in the English language, all of which are used to show a relationship between ideas. One way to remember prepositions is to think about anywhere a mouse can run. A mouse can run up, over, down, under, to, and from. Those are all prepositions.
While this rule doesn't catch every preposition, it certainly can help you identify a few of them.
This list of 74 prepositions will help you to understand how to find them and why they are so important.
Aboard: You can't climb aboard without a preposition.
About: Tell me about the game last night.
Above: Go above and beyond the call of duty.
According to: According to mom, playing hooky is bad.
Across: Try not to sit across from your brother at Thanksgiving dinner.
After: Let's go out for dinner after the show.
Against: You'll have to agree with everything if you don't vote against anything.
Ahead of: His new haircut was ahead of its time.
Along: Set up the chairs along the far wall, please.
Alongside: You can sit alongside your best friend at lunch.
Amid: Amid all the chaos, he still loves her.
Amidst: Amidst the rubble, you might find some treasure.
Among: It's good to be among friends.
Anti: We're anti complaining in this house.
Around: Do you want to hang around the mall with us?
As: As long as prepositions exist, sentences will make sense.
As far as: As far as I'm concerned, you're lovely.
As well as: Understanding prepositions, as well as their meanings, is important.
At: He'll be waiting for you at the front door.
Atop: Stand atop the mountain and sing to the heavens.
Before: Did she arrive before he did?
Behind: Falling behind on your schoolwork would be bad.
Below: The mouse ran below the basement door.
Between: There can be no more secrets between you and me.
But: Everyone went to Paris but Amy.
By: The coffee mugs are by the water glasses.
Considering: Considering the weather, we're staying in tonight.
Down: What goes up must come down.
During: Do not talk during meditation.
Except: I would take you home, except I'm running late.
Excluding: I like everyone, excluding him.
Following: Following French class, we go straight to English class.
For: If it wasn't for literature, the world would cease to exist.
From: Watching television is far from important.
In: I'll be there in five minutes.
In addition to: In addition to your brains, you also have beauty.
In case of: In case of emergency, you can always call me.
Inside: Put the paper inside the file.
Into: Don't you just love getting into trouble?
Like: She looks just like her grandmother at that age.
Mid: Why must he always interrupt her mid-sentence?
Near: He lives near me.
Next: Next, hold the power button to turn on your computer.
Next to: Please don't sit next to me.
Notwithstanding: We're in the lead, notwithstanding David's departure.
Of: You remind of someone else.
Off: Would someone please get this bug off me?
On: Let's go sit on that stone wall.
On account of: On account of your bad attitude, you can stay home today.
On behalf of: On behalf of everyone, I'd like to welcome you to the company.
On top of: On top of everything else, I have tons of work to do.
Onto: Are you ready to move onto the next preposition?
Opposite: We are on opposite sides of the court.
Outside: Without prepositions, you could never think outside the box.
Outside of: You should never color outside of the lines.
Over: My brothers were fighting over the car.
Owing to: Owing to her sunny disposition, she's always the life of the party.
Past: We need to walk past the library to get there.
Per: Per his instructions, we took the road less traveled.
Plus: You want me to take the dog plus the cat? They hate each other!
Prior to: Prior to this, I never knew "prior" was a preposition.
Regarding: I'd like to speak with you now regarding your misconduct.
Round: This conversation is going round in circles.
Save: No one, save my sister, knows where I hide my journal.
Since: Joe hasn't visited since last summer.
Than: There are few prepositions greater than "than."
Through: When Alice went through the looking glass, she used a preposition.
Throughout: Throughout history, we've been taught to value prepositions.
To: He's going to the store.
Until: Until you learn to read, you'll never be happy.
Up: "Up, up, and away!" is a cry you couldn't say without prepositions.
With: She lives with her husband and 4 cats.
Within: Within the confines of many sentences, you're likely to find prepositions.
Without: Without the preposition "without," you'd be without a clue.
As you write, play with prepositions. As you read, see if you can pick them out of a lineup. Who knew there were so many, right? For more on this preppy bunch, take a look at these rules for prepositions. They'll help you incorporate them into your daily language with accuracy and eloquence.