Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around
Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

3.2 Actividad

Actividad 3.2

In this activity you are going to learn the most common prepositions and prepositional phrases used to indicate location.

Prepositions of place are used to indicate location. Two of the most useful of these prepositions are en (‘in’) and entre (‘between’):
•La Plaza de Armas está en el centro
•El polideportivo está entre la calle Mayor y la avenida Goya.
Location is also indicated by prepositional phrases (a combination of two or more words which function as a preposition) such as detrás de (‘behind’), delante de (‘in front of’), enfrente de (‘opposite’), al lado de (‘next to’):
•El hospital está detrás de la universidad.
•El hotel está enfrente de la catedral.
To find out more about prepositions of place, see the section on prepositions in the grammar book.

1 Read the following sentences carefully and complete the map by writing where each building is situated – there's a printable version of the map below. All the buildings are around the cathedral.

Complete el mapa.

El parque está delante de la catedral. El hospital está al lado del parque. La escuela está en la calle Mayor al lado de la catedral. El polideportivo está entre la calle Mayor y la avenida Goya. El ayuntamiento está al lado del polideportivo en la calle Mayor. La oficina de turismo está al lado del parque en la avenida Goya. El museo está enfrente de la oficina de turismo. Mi casa está detrás del museo y al lado del polideportivo.

Click on 'view document' to open a printable version of the street map below.

Street Map [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

2 Complete the following sentences with the correct combination of preposition and article.

Complete las frases.

a + el → al
de + el → del
  • (a) La escuela está __________ lado __________ museo.

  • (b) El hospital está __________ lado __________ escuela.

  • (c) La iglesia está __________ lado __________ hospital y el supermercado.

  • (d) El polideportivo está enfrente __________ parque.

  • (e) El ayuntamiento está enfrente __________ catedral.



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  • (a)  La escuela está al lado del museo.

  • (b)  El hospital está al lado de la escuela.

  • (c)  La iglesia está al lado del hospital y el supermercado.

  • (d)  El polideportivo está enfrente del parque.

  • (e)  El ayuntamiento está enfrente de la catedral.


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