English Word Skills Exercises for A1 – Prepositions of movement and place

1. Match three of the pictures with the prepositions below.

across      along      past      round      through       to


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a round   b through   c to

2. Put the prepositions below into five pairs of opposites.

away from      down      into      off      onto      out of

over      towards      under      up

1) away from – towards

2) _____ – ________

3) _____ – ________

4) _____ – ________

5) _____ – ________

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2) down – up   3) into – out of   4) off – onto 5) over – under

3. Choose the correct prepositions to complete the text.

1)  a down  b over  c through

2)  a at  b in  c on

3)  a into  b to  c towards

4)  a at  b on  c in

5)  a out of  b into  c off

6)  a over  b towards  c out of

7)  a along  b across  c under

8)  a at  b in  c on

9)  a along  b under  c over

10)  a in  b by  c on

11)  a in  b by  c on

12)  a at  b in  c by


Juliane Koepcke was seventeen when she travelled with her mother by plane 1) _____ the Amazon rainforest to their home 2) _____ Peru. There was bad weather, and suddenly the plane started to fall from the sky, and crashed 3) _____ the jungle. When Juliane opened her eyes, she wasn’t in the plane. She was 4) _____ the rainforest, and she was alone. She shouted for her mother, but she couldn’t find her. There wasn’t much food – just some sweets. Juliane needed to get 5) _____ the rainforest quickly. She started to walk through the jungle. She climbed 6) _____ tree trunks and crawled 7) _____ bushes. She couldn’t see well because her glasses were missing. So she listened for the sound of water.

Eventually, Juliane arrived 8) _____ a river and she started to walk 9) _____ it. At night she stayed in a tree or 10) _____ the ground 11) _____ the river. She was tired and very hungry and she couldn’t travel fast. After ten days, she arrived at a hut. It belonged to three rainforest workers. When they returned to their hut, they were very surprised! A seventeen-year-old girl was inside!

Now there is a documentary, a film and a book about Juliane’s amazing story of survival 12) _____ the jungle.

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1) b   2) b   3) a   4) c   5) a   6) a   7) c   8) a   9) a   10) c   11) b   12) b

4. Choose the correct answers.

1) Holly is going ____________ the shop to buy a newspaper.

a along  b down  c into

2) We walked ____________ the road when the cars stopped.

a across  b off  c past

3) Take the lift to the ground floor or go ____________ the stairs.

a down  b onto  c under

4) Drive ____________ the bridge and then turn right.

a into  b over  c up

5) We can go the long way round or take a shortcut ____________ the wood.

a across  b along  c through

6) The cat jumped ____________ the chair and stayed there all evening.

a onto  b round  c to

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1)2)3) a  4)5) c  6) a