Do you know what a preposition is?
A preposition is a word or group of words, that is placed before a noun or a pronoun, to show a relationship in a sentence. Prepositions allow us to put variety into sentences, by adding new information about time, direction, location, and ownership. On the other hand, take into account that prepositions do not change form; they are invariable.
Se ha ido a la estación. (He is gone to the station.): DIRECTION.
El avión llega a la una. (The plane arrives at one o’clock.): TIME.
Tenemos una casa en el campo. (We have a house in the countryside.): LOCATION.
La casa de Ramón. (Ramon’s house.): OWNERSHIP
List of Spanish prepositions
Here you have a fully Spanish prepositions list. Prepositions can also joint other words to form, what we call in Spanish, locuciones preposicionales or prepositional phrases, to give them a more specific meaning, such a encima de (on the top of), al lado de (next to), alrededor de (around)…
What prepositions express
The following common prepositions show time, direction, and location.
We use some prepositions to express more than one meaning. A and DE are, for example, common Spanish prepositions that we use to express time or direction. Here you have some examples of these prepositions expressing directions. Other prepositions have a more specific meaning like CON (with) or DESDE (from).
A and DE are the only prepositions that are used to form prepositional contractions in Spanish, and they only form a contraction with el.
Verbs with prepositions
Some Spanish verbs always need to be used with a specific preposition, which is not always the same one that the English verb required. On the other hand, some English verbs have to be used with prepositions but their Spanish equivalent not. Let’s see the most important.
- Verbs with preposition A.
- Verbs with preposition DE.
- Spanish verbs with prepositions CON, EN and POR.
- Spanish verbs with NO prepositions.
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- Prepositions DE and A.
- Personal preposition A.
- Prepositions of PLACE.
- Prepositions with verbs of movement.
- Basic POR and PARA.
- Prepositions DE and DESDE.