These are the prepositions we use in Darija. We will discuss them in depth under the transition from English to Darija later.
About – 3la
Are you talking about that movie?
Wash tathdar 3la dak lfilm?
After – men ba3d, men wra
What do you do after work?
Shnu tatdir men ba3d ma tatsali khdemtek?
Against – ded
Everyone voted against the new candidate.
Kulshi sawwet ded lcandidat jdid.
Among – bin, binat, wes6
The thief quickly disappeared among the crowd.
Deghia ghber ssheffar wes6 ennass.
Around – 3la
An airplane was circling around the city.
Wa7ed 6eyyara kanet tatdur 3la lmdina.
At – 3la, m3a, f (different uses)
Alright, I’ll see you at 3 o’clock.
Safi, nshufek m3a 3 (tlata).
She lives at Mohamed V street.
Tatskun f shari3 Mohammed lkhamis.
Below – te7t
Search under the sofa.
9alleb te7t sseddari.
Between – Bin
You shouldn’t eat between breakfast and lunch.
Ma khasseksh takul bin lf6ur o lghda.
By – b, bi
You can also reserve a room by phone.
Imken lik treservé/t7jez chamber b telephone.
Except – illa
Everyone passed the exam except for you.
For – L or li
It’s impossible for me.
Ma imkensh lia.
Kulshi nje7flmti7an illa nta.
From – Men
You’ve got 15 minutes from home to the train station.
3andek 15 (khesmsta3esh) d9i9a men eddar lma7a6a dial tran.
In – f
He lives in Ouejda.
Tayskun f Ouejda.
In front of – 9eddam
I’m standing in front of the library right now.
Ana wa9ef 9eddam lmektaba daba.
On – 3la
I put it on the table.
7a6itha 3la tabla.
Until – 7ta
I won’t go until you come.
Ma nemshi 7ta tji.
With – m3a
Are you coming with me?
Ghadi tji m3aya?
Without – bla b, bla bi
We can’t go without you.
Ma imkensh nemshiw bla bik.
Outside – Barra
I saw them outside the house.
Shefthum barra eddar.
Over – Fu9
Hang that picture over the door.
3alle9 dik tswira fu9 lbab.
To – L
We are travelling to Casa tomorrow evening.
Ghadin nsafru l Casa ghedda fl3shiya.
This is it for prepositions in Darija. We may add more examples later. So keep in touch!