Exercise 3

Write the correct preposition of place in each gap. You must use all the prepositions in the table below.

above     behind     beside     between     in front of     next to     opposite     over     under


1 Diego is standing Laura (2).

2 Laura is standing the table (6).

3 The pans are hanging the table (6).

4 David is standing Martha (5).

5 Martha is standing David (4).

6 The table is the pans (3).

7 The painting is Martha (5).

8 The red chilies are hanging the cooker.

9 You can see Martin Diego (1) and Laura (2).



Prepositions of place

Next to, beside, above, over, in front of, behind, under, opposite

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next to / beside

  • We had a picnic next to/beside the river.
  • Come and sit next to/beside me.


  • I live in a small town between Liverpool and Manchester.
  • She is sleeping between her mum and dad. 

in front of

  • John sits in front of me in class.
  • You are always in front of the mirror.


  • She is hiding behind the curtains. 
  • We hang our coats behind the door. 


  • I live opposite the supermarket (=on the other side of the road)
  • I am sitting opposite him (=facing him)


  • The cat is hiding under the bed.
  • Why are your shoes under the table?
  • I’m wearing a white shirt under the jersey.

above / over

Above and over mean ‘at or to a higher position’. Over is more common.

  • She lives in an apartment above/over the grocery store. 
  • There is a shelf above/over the sink.