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Preposition Rules ▼ Place/movement ▼ Time ▼ Dependent
Preposition Exercises ▼ Place/movement ▼ Time ▼ Dependent

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Preposition of Movement or Place?


In the first three examples here, the verbs (sleep, lie, stop) show no movement so we use a preposition of place (usually in/on/at).


  • I slept in a bed.
  • I lay on my bed.
  • I went into the room and stopped at the bed.

In this next example, you move from one place (e.g. the kitchen) to another (the bedroom), so we use a preposition of movement (often 'to').

  • I walked to the bedroom.

Example of verbs which need a preposition of place are be, stay, wait, meet, rest. Examples of verbs which need a preposition of movement are go, travel, drive, run, climb.


Be careful with get and arrive. The meaning is the same, but get is used with prepositions of movement, and arrive is used with prepositions of place.

We got to the party at 9pm.

We arrived at the party at 9pm.


The teacher doesn't want to go to work today.

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