Prepositions of Place

Spanish prepositions of place
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Preposiciones de lugar

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

Por ejemplo…

Vivo en Barcelona.   I live in Barcelona.
El banco está tras el café.   The bank is behind the café.
¿Qué hay debajo de la mesa?   What’s under the table?

Spanish prepositions of place

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

a at, to  
abajo de below, under *
a la derecha de to the right of  
a la izquierda de to the left of  
bajo beneath, under *
adentro de inside (of)  
afuera de outside (of)  
al lado de next to  
arriba de above  
cerca de near  
debajo de below, under *
delante de in front of, facing  
dentro de inside (of)  
detrás de behind, in back of  
en in, at  
encima de on top of, above  
enfrente de in front of  
en medio de between  
entre between  
fuera de outside (of)  
hacia toward  
junto a next to  
lejos de far from  
sobre over, on  
tras behind  


When the phrase ends in a or de, the regular contraction rules apply.

* Bajo, abajo, debajo (de) – what’s the difference?

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Preposiciones de lugar

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