How to use Common French Prepositions [+11 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to use common French prepositions.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what the common French prepositions are
  • how to use common French prepositions
  • how common French in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use common French prepositions
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to use common French prepositions
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use common French prepositions!

Table of Contents

Common French Prepositions

derrièrebehind
devantin front of
entrebetween
sousunderneath
suron / on top of

How to use Common French Prepositions

The following examples show how to use common French prepositions:

Regarde derrière toi !

Look behind you!

Je suis juste derrière Patrice.

I am just behind Patrice.

Il court devant moi.

He runs in front of me.

Les femmes sont devant la bibliothèque.

The women are in front of the library.

Nous devrions essayer de lire entre les lignes.

We should try and read between the lines.

Ça doit rester entre nous.

That should be kept between us.

Tout est sous contrôle.

Everything is under control.

Regarde sous le siège.

Look under the seat.

Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations sur Wikipédia.

You can find more information on Wikipedia.

La bouteille est sur la table.

The bottle is on the table.

Generally it’s okay to translate from English, but this won’t always work.

So, make sure to keep practicing, and in time, you will be able to do everything intuitively.

Please also read the lesson on how to say “in” in French.

It’s an important preposition which deserves its own lesson.

Example Sentences on How to Use Common French Prepositions

The final section of this lesson on how to use common French prepositions is about seeing the prepositions in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to use common French prepositions through examples.

Regarde derrière toi !

Look behind you!

Je suis juste derrière Patrice.

I am just behind Patrice.

Il court devant moi.

He runs in front of me.

Les femmes sont devant la bibliothèque.

The women are in front of the library.

Nous devrions essayer de lire entre les lignes.

We should try and read between the lines.

Ça doit rester entre nous.

That should be kept between us.

Tout est sous contrôle.

Everything is under control.

Regarde sous le siège.

Look under the seat.

Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations sur Wikipédia.

You can find more information on Wikipedia.

Tu peux compter sur lui.

You can count on him.

La bouteille est sur la table.

The bottle is on the table.

Quiz Yourself on How to Use Common French Prepositions

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Fill in the Blank!Il court moi.

He runs in front of me.
Fill in the Blank!Nous devrions essayer de lire les lignes.

We should try and read between the lines.
Fill in the Blank!Tout est contrôle.

Everything is under control.

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