Types of Prepositions with Examples

A preposition is a word that is placed before a noun or noun equivalent to show its relation to some other word in the sentence.

In this post, you will learn 6 Types of Prepositions with Examples.

Types of Prepositions with Examples

Types of Prepositions with Examples


There are 6 types of Prepositions

  1. Simple Prepositions
  2. Double Prepositions
  3. Compound Prepositions
  4. Participle Prepositions
  5. Phrase Prepositions
  6. Disguised Prepositions


at, after, by, for, from, in, of, on, out, over, through, till, up, under, with, off, till, over, etc.

  • He has cut his finger with a knife.
  • Geetanjali was written by Rabindranath.
  • He will arrive at 10 a.m.
  • Trains pass through the tunnel.
  • Ranjan left after I had come.
  • The river flows under the bridge.
  • The bridge is built over the river.
  • He will be studying from 7 to 10 a.m.
  • Will you go with me for a walk?
  • He is one of Satishbabu’s sons.
  • The mountaineers went up the hill.
  • My father will come from Mumbai tomorrow.
  • It has been raining since Wednesday last.


When a single preposition is not sufficient to express the sense, two simple prepositions are united together to express the sense fully; as—into, from among, from within, from behind, over against, out of, etc.

  • The man ran into the house.
  • One man will be selected from among them.
  • The seed has sprouted from under the ground.
  • He came from within the house.
  • A lump of live coal was taken from off the oven.
  • He came from within the house.


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

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


Some present or past participles such as considering, concerning, regarding, pending, notwithstanding, etc. are used as prepositions; as

  • Considering your age, I pardon you.
  • Concerning yesterday’s fire, I know nothing.
  • Do you know anything regarding his landed property?
  • Notwithstanding his father’s anger, the boy did this.
  • Pending further orders, Mr Chand will act as the principal.
  • Regarding this case, I can do nothing.
  • The river flows past the room.
  • Barring (excepting, apart from that): Barring accidents, the train will arrive on time.
  • Concerning (about): Concerning his success, people are saying different kinds of things.
  • Considering (taking into account): Considering the quality of the saree, its price is not too high.
  • During: Hitler tortured the Jews greatly, during the Second World War.
  • Notwithstanding (in spite of ): Notwithstanding his denial, the police arrested him for the crime.
  • Pending (a period till ): Pending any fresh instruction, he will be in charge of the school.
  • Regarding (about): Regarding your application, we regret to say that the post has been filled.
  • Respecting (in respect of): Respecting your plan we have to say that it would be extremely expensive to implement it.
  • Past: The railway line runs past the village.


“Two or more words habitually thrown together and ending with a simple preposition may be called Phrase prepositions or Prepositional phrases”; as-by means of, because of, in front of, in spite of, on account of, with regard to, on behalf of, instead of, in the place of, etc.

  • He was absent because of his illness.
  • The accident occurred in front of the house.
  • He succeeded by means of hard work.
  • He made his allegation in opposition to the proposal.
  • He could not pay his debts on account of the shortage of funds.
  • He has selected mechanics instead of mathematics.
  • This was said with reference to his election.
  • You will get books in lieu of the medal.
  • A new teacher has been appointed in the place of Rambabu.
  • He has gone to Darjeeling with a view to writing a new book.
  • This meeting will not be held in the event of his not coming.
  • On the Brink of -The country is on the brink of disaster.
  • On the eve of -The whole family assembled on the eve of her marriage.
  • On the face ofOn the face of it, the country seems prosperous.
  • On the ground of – His application was rejected on the ground of his being below age.
  • On the pretense ofOn the pretense of being a student, he acted as a spy in the USA.


When the prepositions on and of are changed, into a and o respectively they are called Disguised prepositions; as

This fair is held once a year (a = on). It’s ten o’clock now (o = of). We planned to go a-hunting (on hunting) in the forest. The morning begins at 7 o’clock (of clock). Lemons sell two pieces (for) a rupee. We went there (on) yesterday.

  • Rice is selling for one kilo (on) a rupee.
  • He goes home once a (in) month.
  • It is four o’clock (of) now.
  • The house is (on) a building.
  • They led their team afield (on).
  • He gave the labourers ten-rupee apiece (on).
  • He wrote the essay afresh (on).

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