Prepositions of Movement
Prepositions of movement are prepositions that we use to express movement.
The most important of them are:
Let's have a closer look at each of them.
1. We use to when talking about movement to a specific destination.
- I drove straight to the office.
- He took me to the Zoo.
2. We use through when talking about movement from one side of a given space to the other.
- The bullet went through the wooden door.
- We chose the shorter and more dangerous track through the swamps.
3. We use along when talking about movement from one end of a given oblong surface to the other.
- We rode along the road until we found another hotel.
4. We use over when talking about movement above a given space.
- The airplane flew over the mountains.
- Albert jumped over the paddle.
5. We use across when talking about movement from one side of a surface to another.
- He went across the meadow.
- The path lead across the woods.
6. We use into when talking about an inward movement—such that is directed inside.
- He knife went deep into his body.
- Before I delve into the fascinating details of this phenomenon, let me...
7. We use off when talking about movement directed away from a given surface.
- He brushed off the dust on the books.
- All the books fell off the shelf.