Here is a list of some of the most common prepositions in the English language.
I remember (somehow!) in 7th grade English class, I had to memorize this exact list of common prepositions.
I don’t always recommend learning English by memorizing, but in this case, if it worked for me in 7th grade (many many years ago!!!) it should work for you, too.
There are about 150 prepositions in the English language but these ones are the most common.
As I said, I learned these exact 30 prepositions in American grammar class in the United States.
Goals of this post
- You will learn and easily memorize 30 of the most common English prepositions.
How to Never Forget These Prepositions
Step one: Separate them into six groups
Group the prepositions together into six groups like so:
Group 1: About, above, across, after, against, among
Group 2: Around, at
Group 3: Before, behind, beside, between
Group 4: By, down, during, except, for, from
Group 5: In, near, of, off, on, over
Group 6: Through, to, toward, under, up, with
Step two: Memorize them and say them out loud, doing one group at a time. You can also write them down, or come back to this post for reference 🙂
Memorize Group one (about, above, across, after, against. among). Say them out loud about five times to yourself or your partner. Once you think you know them, move on to the easiest group (around, at). Then continue to group three, and so on. Repeat this for a few days, and you’ll never forget them.
Now you know some common prepositions!
Any questions or comments? Comment below. This post was a little different than my normal posts I think, but my goal is to help you any way I can 🙂
Here is my video on youtube. It’s also at the link here: https://youtu.be/5bo06cgF2fI