All The Prepositions

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

… that I can find in my Une Fois Pour Toutes book.  The list is taken from the book, I added the definitions.

1.  the simple principal prepositions

à – to, at, in

après – after

avant – before

avec – with

chez – at the house of, at the business of, at the office of

contre – against

dans – in (concretely, physically inside something)

de – of, from

depuis – since

derrière – behind

dès – (used with time) – from, as soon as

devant – in front of

en – in (more abstract, not concrete)

entre – between

envers – toward (in an abstract sense)

excepté – except, apart from

jusqu’à – up to, until (used before nouns and time, not before phrases)

malgré – in spite of

par – by

parmi – among

pendant – during

pour – for

sans – without

sauf – except

selon – according to

sous – under

sur – on

vers – toward (physically)

2. Complex prepositions

à cause de – because of

à côté de – next to (literally at the side of)

à l’égard de – with regards to, toward

à l’éxception de – except for

à l’insu de – without the knowledge of, unbeknownst to

à moins de – short of, unless

à travers – across

à partir de – starting from

à propos de – about, concerning, regarding

au bout de – at the end of (more concrete, physical)

au centre de – at the center of

au delà de – beyond

au-dessous de – below, under, underneath

au-dessus de – above

au fond de – at the base of, deep down, at the bottom of

au gré de – at the will of, at the mercy of, at the request of

au lieu de – instead of

au milieu de – in the middle of

au pied de – at the foot of

au sommet de – at the summit of

au sujet de – on the subject of

auprès de – near to

autour de – around (like the periphery of)

d’après – according to

de la part de – on behalf of

de crainte de – from fear of

de peur de – from fear of

en bas de – at the bottom of

en face de – across from, opposite

en faveur de – on account of, in favor of, to the benefit of

en haut de – at the top of

en raison de – on account of, because of

faute de – for want of

hors de – out of, outside, away from

le long de – the length of, along

loin de – far from

par rapport à – regarding, in comparison to, in relation to

près de – near

quant à – as for

vis à vis de – opposite, face to face from, towards

3.  other prepositions of place

au coin de – at the corner of

à gauche de – to the left of

à droite de – to the right of

à l’interieur de – in the interior of, inside, in

à l’extérieur de – outside, outside of

4. prepositions used with time

au commencement de – at the beginning of, at the start of

au début de – at the beginning of

au moment de – when, as

à l’heure de – in the era, age of

à l’époque de – at the time of

à la fin de – at the end of (used with abstract, lit, movies – think Pink Panther)

au bout de – at the end of

à partir de – from, starting from

dès- from (used with time)

vers – toward, around

pour – for (used with a time period that has yet to end)

pendant – during, for (used with time periods that have ended)

jusqu’à – up to, until

depuis – since

par – per

en – in (used with longer, unspecified periods of time, en été, en janvier, en 1995)

à –  at, on (used with specific times, à 6h, à lundi, au 28 août, au 17ième siècle, au mois de mai)





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