What are Compound Prepositions?

Compound prepositions are generally formed by prefixing a preposition (usually a = on or be = by) to a noun, an adjective or an adverb.

Such as: across (= on + cross), amidst (= on + middle), behind ( = by + hind), about (= on + by + out), above (= on + by + up), before (= by + fore) beneath (= by + neath), between (=by + twain), beyond (= by + yonder), but (= by + out, except), within, without, below, etc.

Examples of Compound Prepositions

Examples of Compound Prepositions


  • He is walking across the road.
  • The road is along the river.
  • The policeman is running behind him.
  • He knows nothing about the matter.
  • There is nobody within the house.
  • There can be no success without hard work.
  • The men are standing beneath the tree.
  • There was a long discussion between the two of them.
  • A mountain is visible beyond the river.

Compound Preposition #1


  • He walked behind the carriage.
  • The mail train is running behind time.
  • One has to understand the cunning behind his smile.
  • The dead man has left behind a big debt.
  • He hid behind the tree
  • Do you know who is behind this conspiracy?
  • Please close the door behind you when leaving
  • The whole country was behind the elected leader.

Compound Preposition #2


  • Besides you, there were five other passengers there.
  • Besides football, he plays tennis also.
  • Besides their ave one ho other qualifications of the candidates.

Compound Preposition #3


  • West Bengal is situated between Bihar and Bangladesh.
  • Hitler came to power in the period between the First and the Second World Wars.
  • The accident occurred between 10 p.m and midnight.
  • The speaker stood between a table in front and the wall behind him.

Compound Preposition #4


  • The village is situated beyond the river.
  • The beauty of the scene is beyond human imagination.
  • To understand this poem is beyond your intelligence.
  • Nobody knows what lies beyond death.

Compound Preposition #5


  • They cross-examined everyone but Tapas.
  • Their paternal property brought them nothing but trouble.
  • In the morning he takes nothing but orange juice.
  • I shall believe nothing but the truth.

Compound Preposition #6


  • They went out of the room one after another.
  • The train started after 7 p.m.
  • The son has taken after his father.
  • The effect comes after the cause.
  • He always runs after money.
  • After all his great efforts, he could not pass the test.
  • After all, we are Bengalees.
  • Take rest after hard work.

Compound Preposition #7


  • He leaned against the wall.
  • This plan will go against your interests.
  • You should save against a rainy day.
  • India scored only 280 runs against Sri Lanka’s 450.
  • The house looked dark against the background of the bright sky.
  • I have nothing to say against you personally.
  • We must give priority to the struggle against population explosion.
  • On the votes being counted, it was found that 120 had voted in favour of and 200 against the bill.

Compound Preposition #8


  • He kept his cool amidst great provocation.
  • He felt lonely even amid merriment and gaiety.

Compound Preposition #9


  • The amount of profit was distributed among all.
  • Two were selected from amongst the spectators.

Compound Preposition #10


  • He was below me in school.
  • His age is definitely below twenty.
  • There is a cut mark below your left eye.
  • His flat is below mine.
  • This action of yours is below your dignity.

Compound Preposition #11


  • We sat beneath a tree.
  • I have put on a vest beneath the shirt.
  • Other contemporary poets were far beneath Rabindranath.
  • It is beneath my dignity to accept such an invitation.

Compound Preposition #12



  • Stand beside your father.
  • Besides Tolstoi, many other novelists are mere storytellers.

Compound Preposition #13


  • Look around for your lost cow.
  • I was strolling around the Victoria Memorial.

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