Prepositions of Place

French prepositions
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Prépositions de lieu

Prepositions of place indicate the location of someone or something in relation to another someone or something.

Par exemple…

J’habite à Paris.   I live in Paris.
Ton sac est derrière la chaise.   Your bag is behind the chair.
Qu’est-ce qui est sous la table ?   What’s under the table?

French prepositions of place

Note that some of these have other meanings/uses besides indicating a location – click the links for detailed lessons.

à   at, in contraction with le and les may be required
chez   at the home/office of  
dans   in  
derrière   in back of, behind  
devant   in front of  
en   in  
entre   between  
sous   under  
sur   on  
vers   toward, near  

 Also see prepositions with geographical names

Prepositional phrases of place

à côté de   next to, beside
à droite de   to the right of
à gauche de   to the left of
à l’extérieur de   outside (of)
à l’intérieur de   inside (of)
au coin de   in the corner of
au-dessous de   below, underneath
au-dessus de   higher than, above
autour de   around
en arrière de   behind
en bas de   below, at the bottom of
en dehors de   outside of
en dessous de   lower than, below
en face de   facing, across from
en haut de   above, at the top of
hors de   outside of
loin de   far from
près de   near (to)

 Prepositions of Place Quizzes

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