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Prepositions of movement and position

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To, towards

The preposition 'to' shows movement to a specific place or event.
I’m travelling to Spain next week.
I need to go to the bank.
Can you tell me the way to the post office?
Are you going to the party?
I’ve never been to a rugby match.
What time do you go to work?

We also use 'to' for movement towards a person or group of people:
He came up to me and started a conversation with me

'To' is also used to explain the position of someone and their relationship with objects or objects and their relationship with people:
There's a door to your left.
He stood with his back to the door.

We use 'towards' to indicate a more specific direction or movement to it.
He was holding a gun and walking towards me.
He threw the ball towards me.
Everyone turned towards me after I made that remark.

Through and into

We use 'through' to describe movement 'in and out' of something.
The river runs through the centre of the town.
We walked through the old quarter of the city.
You can see the cathedral through the window.

'Into' is used to describe movement from 'outside to inside' a space.
Get into the car. It's starting to rain.
II saw you put your keys into your pocket.

Here are some uses of 'into' which show movement in a specific direction.
He looked straight into my eyes.
He wasn't looking and walked straight into the lamp post.

Lesson by Tristan, teacher at EC Malta English school

Choose the right preposition for these sentences.

  • 1 - I go ___ work by bus.

  • 2 - Walk ___ the end of the street and turn left.

  • 3 - He ran ___ me holding his driving license

  • 4 - We'll discuss the proposal ___ the end of the meeting.

  • 5 - He ran ___ the room with the good news.

  • 6 - A walk ___ the open-air market is a must.

  • 7 - How can I get ___ the stadium?

  • 8 - I jumped ___ the icy cold water.