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Lesson 3.4

Prepositions of Movement or Direction

Las preposiciones de movimiento o dirección
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Prepositions of movement or direction are used to show movement from one place to another. These prepositions are most often used with verbs of motion and are found after the verb.

TO

To” is the most common of the prepositions of movement or direction.

Meaning: a function word used to indicate movement or an action or condition suggesting movement in the direction of a place, person, or thing

Use: We use “to” to show movement in a specific direction.

Examples:

 I go to school by bus.
 You walk to work every day.
 They came to the wedding.
 Sofia flew to Canada.

ACROSS

Meaning: from one side to the other

Use: “Across” is used to show movement from one side to the opposite side.

Examples:

 The boat will take you across the river.
 You must walk across the street at the crosswalk.

ALONG

Meaning: in a line; a point in the length of; from one point to another

Examples:

 He’s walking along the path.
 The street runs along the seafront.

AROUND

Meaning: in a circle; in or along a curving path

Examples:

 You must drive around the city center to reach the cinema.
 Let’s go for a walk around the park.

DOWN

Meaning: high to low; to or toward the south

Use: “Down” is used to indicate movement from a higher to a lower position.

Examples:

 I prefer to ride my bike down the hill.
 We are going down to Florida this summer.

INTO

Meaning: to or toward to inside of; in the direction of; to enter

Examples:

 Don’t go into your sister’s room!
 We went into the shop on the corner.

OFF

Meaning: away from

Examples:

 Get your feet off the sofa!
 We get off the train at the next stop.

ONTO

Meaning: to move to a position that is on

Examples:

 We can get onto the bus here.
 The dog got onto the sofa.

OVER

Meaning: in an upward and forward direction across something; from one place to another; from or to a place that is higher than

Examples:

 The cat jumped over the dog.
 You must cross over the bridge.

PAST

Meaning: at the far side of something; beyond; up to or going near

Examples:

 Walk past the theater on the right and the bank is on the left.
 Go past Main Street and turn left at the next street.

THROUGH

Meaning: from one point to the other; from one end to the other

Use: “Through” is used to show movement within an enclosed space.

Examples:

 You must turn on your lights when passing through the tunnel.
 She walks through the park on her way to work.

TOWARD[S]

Meaning: in the direction of

Examples:

 Who is that woman running towards us?
 Walk towards the sea and turn left at the first street.

UP

Meaning: low to high; toward the ceiling, sky or the north

Use: “Up” is used to indicate movement from a lower to a higher position.

Examples:

 I don’t like riding my bike up these hills.
 We climbed up the mountain this morning.
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