Prepositions of Place Grammar Rules
In front of
- A band plays their music in front of an audience.
- The teacher stands in front of the students.
- The man standing in the line in front of me smells bad.
- Teenagers normally squeeze their zits in front of a mirror.
- When the teacher writes on the whiteboard, the students are behind him (or her).
- Who is that person behind the mask?
- I slowly down because there was a police car behind me.
- There are mountains between Chile and Argentina.
- The number 5 is between the number 4 and 6.
- There is a sea (The English Channel) between England and France.
Across From / Opposite
- I live across from a supermarket (= it is on the other side of the road)
- The chess players sat opposite each other before they began their game.
(= They are in front of each other and there is a table between them)
Next to / Beside
- At a wedding, the bride stands next to the groom.
- Guards stand next to the entrance of the bank.
- He walked beside me as we went down the street.
- In this part of town there isn't a footpath beside the road so you have to be careful.
Near / Close to
- The receptionist is near the front door.
- This building is near a subway station.
- We couldn't park the car close to the store.
- Our house is close to a supermarket.
- The clock on the wall is slow.
- He put the food on the table.
- I can see a spider on the ceiling.
- We were told not to walk on the grass.
Above / Over
- Planes normally fly above the clouds.
- There is a ceiling above you.
- There is a halo over my head. ;)
- We put a sun umbrella over the table so we wouldn't get so hot.
- Our neighbors in the apartment above us are rally noisy.
- There water all over the floor.
- I accidentally spilled red wine all over the new carpet.
Under / Below
- Your legs are under the table.
- Monsters live under your bed.
- A river flows under a bridge.
- How long can you stay under the water?
- Miners work below the surface of the Earth.