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.

   Notes
àat, in contraction with le and les may be required
chezat the home/office of  
dansin  
derrièrein back of, behind  
devantin front of  
enin  
entre between  
sousunder  
suron  
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)

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