Spanish Grammar: Preposiciones con verbos de movimiento (A2)

Ir a la camaSpanish verbs of motion are verbs that describe movement such as  ir which means (to go)  llegar (to arrive) and venir which means (to come)… Prepositions work in a very specific way after these verbs.

Va a la cama (He goes to bed).

 

1. Preposition A is used to express destination:

Enrique subió al tren (He got on the train).

Llegó a la ciudad (He arrived in the city).

2. Preposition DE is used to express

– origen:

Él es de México.  (He is from México).

Venimos de la playa (We are coming from the beach).

– in some expressions such as:

de vacaciones (on holiday), de excursión (on a trip), de compras (shopping)

3. DESDE (from here) HASTA (to there):

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– From Here to There

Vamos desde (de) Marsella hasta (a)  Santiago de Compostela (He goes from Marsella to Santiago de Compostela).

Montar en bicleta4. Preposition EN expresses transport:

Está montado en bicicleta (He’s riding a bike).

Voy en tren (I go by train).

Viajo en avión (I travel by plane).

exceptions: a pie, andando, a caballo.

5. HACIA is a preposition that means “towards” or “to”, expressing direction of movement:

Tenemos que caminar hacia el parque para llegar a la casa de Juan (We have to walk towards the park to go to John’s house).

Vi a mi hermana caminando rápidamente hacia (I saw my sister walking rapidly towards me).

Autopista6. We use the preposition POR to indicate “the path”:

Viajan por la autopista (they travel on the motorway).


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