We also use prepositional phrases to talk about direction:


across along back  back to down into
onto out of  past through to towards

She ran out of the house.
Walk past the bank and keep going to the end of the street.

We also use adverbs and adverb phrases for place and direction:


abroad away anywhere downstairs downwards
everywhere here indoors inside nowhere
outdoors outside somewhere there upstairs

I would love to see Paris. I’ve never been there.
The bedroom is upstairs.
It was so cold that we stayed indoors.

We often have a preposition at the end of a clause:

This is the room we have our meals in.
The car door is very small so it’s difficult to get into.
I lifted the carpet and looked underneath.




dear sir
could you tell me what the meaning of "in" and "into" in both below sentence
This is the room we have our meals in.
The car door is very small so it’s difficult to get into.

Hello maudi mauludi,

Prepositions are sometimes used quite irregularly, but here, and in general, 'in' is used to refer to location, i.e. being in a place, and 'into' is used to refer to movement from one space to another. It might be useful to look up both words, especially 'into' in the dictionary to see how they are used in the example sentences there. Note also that 'get into a car' is very common expression.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for such helpful website. Please tell me that what is the difference between through, along and across?
Thank you.

Hello HojjatRakhshani,

The best place to look for this is in the Cambridge Dictionary Online, which you can see on the right of the page. Just type the word(s) into the search window and click 'Look it up!' to get a definition, examples and more. That will clarify the difference between these for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk, I have a doubt with the following sentence.
'They sat opposite each other'
why not ' they sat opposite to each other' ?

Hello Melody16,

'Opposite' can have several functions in the sentence and when to use 'to' depends on this. It can be a noun, an adjective, a preposition or an adverb. When we use it to show location, as a preposition, it is used without 'to' as we do not need two prepositions in a row. Your sentence is an example of this.

When we use 'opposite' as an adjective with the meaning '[completely] different', we need to add 'to':

This sweater is opposite in colour to yours.

The direction of the water is opposite to what I expected.

When we use 'opposite' as an adverb, which is quite unusual, we do not add 'to':

I went to the left of the room and he went opposite.


I hope that helps to clarify it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot Peter. It is clear now.

Dear Sir,
I have two sentences with which I need your help.

1) Let's go to the front (Is this sentence correct?)
2) Let's walk down the platform (Is this sentence correct if we are standing on that part of the platform where the first coach of the train stops and I want to go to that part where the last coach stops)

Hello adtya,

Both sentences are grammatically correct. In the second one, 'down' doesn't really indicate one end of the platform or another – as far as I know, there are no common terms for the different ends – but given that you're standing on one end, 'down' would clearly indicate the other direction.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team