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Lesson 76 – الدَّرْسُ السَّادِسُ والسَّبْعونَ

The meanings of the prepositions - معاني حروف الجر

The preposition (ilā)- حرف الجر " إِلَى "

  • The original meaning of (ilā) is the circumstantial English preposition (to) referring to the destination of place, time, action, or person. Consider the following examples:

Type of destination




I went to the mosque

ذَهَبْتُ إلى الْمَسْجِدِ


I slept from midday to the afternoon

نِمْتُ مِنَ الظُّهْرِ إلى العَصْرِ


I said this to all students

قُلْتُ هَذا الكلام إلى كُلِّ الطُّلابِ


I have been working to the end of the project

ما زِلْتُ أَعْمَلُ إلى نِهايَةِ المَشْرُوعِ


I stayed in Iraq till the war

مَكَثْتُ فِي الْعِراقِ إلى قِيام الحَرْبِ

·         The preposition (ilā) has other different meanings as (for) and (with) etc. Consider the following structures:

Meaning of preposition




This work is better to me than other works

هَذا العَمَلُ أَفْضَلُ إِلَيَّ مِنْ غَيْرِهِ


Travelling to Mecca is more liked to me than to any other country

السَّفَرُ إلى مَكَّةَ أَحَبُّ إلى أَبِي مِنْ أَيِّ بَلَدٍ آخر


I talked much with (to) my friends

تَحَدَّثْتُ إلى أَصْدِقائِي كَثِيرًا


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