Eight Types of Preposition: Definition & Examples


A Preposition is a word or a group of words used in a sentence before the noun, pronoun, or phrase to express the location, place, time, distance, and direction to complete. There are eight different types of prepositions.

examples: above, at, around, about, between, below, behind, into, near, in, on, of, to, toward, under, within, with etc.

Types of preposition

What are the eight types of preposition?

  1. Simple Preposition
  2. Compound Preposition.
  3. Double Preposition.
  4. Disguised Preposition.
  5. Phrasal Preposition.
  6. Participle Preposition.
  7. Detached Preposition
  8. Appropriate Preposition

1. Simple Preposition:

The simple prepositions are little words that are used in simple sentences.

examples: by, for, at, from, in, of, off, into, on, out, till, over, upon, under, with, down etc

Example simple preposition are in sentence

  1. You are not coming with us.
  2. Mom is in the kitchen.
  3. He dived into the lake.
  4. The Persian players were playing well from the beginning of the tournament.
  5. She waits yesterday till her dad came to the Party.

2. Compound Preposition:

Compound prepositions are established by connecting the prepositions in a sentence before the noun, pronoun, adjective, and adverb.

examples: about, among, across, before, beside, inside, outside, without etc

Examples of compound preposition are in sentences

  1. Abraham is sitting beside Junaid and Faizan in an examination.
  2. You will have to join us before the match starts.
  3. We are about to finish the game.
  4. Constructed the bridge across the river.
  5. This money will be equally distributed among us.

3. Double preposition:

Double prepositions connect two prepositional words together in a sentence to connect nouns, pronoun, and the phrase.

examples: Outside of, out of, from behind, up to, next to, because of, according to, etc

Examples of double preposition are in sentences

  1. Immediately he came out from behind the curtain.
  2. The semifinal match between Pakistan and India has been delayed due to rain.
  3. Nobody inside of this class would miss the test results.
  4. Just because of the bravery of this person, a huge accident does not happen.
  5. The students sitting next to me are twins.

4. Disguised Preposition:

Disguised prepositions are implied, but they are not used in the sentences.

It has some distinctive example started from ‘a,’ and ‘o’, stands for the prepositions’ precise form.

Examples of disguised preposition are in sentences

  1. I get a holiday once a week a day.
  2. He earns 50$ a day.
  3. The Director decided to start a shooting.
  4. It’s ten o’ (of) clock in the morning.
  5. The poor man went on begging.

5. Phrasal Prepositions:

Phrasal preposition or Prepositional phrases contains a preposition that is used in a sentence to connect noun, pronoun, or phrase.

examples: On behalf of, on account of, with regard to, in spite of, to the fact that, on time, at home, before class, on the floor, etc.

Examples of phrasal preposition:

  1. They only won because of the captain maria.
  2. She came back home quickly on account of weather disturbances.
  3. He is playing in the team on behalf of captain today.
  4. Forensics found his fingerprints on the clean mirror.
  5. According to her last wishes, her body parts will be donated to an organization.

6. Participle preposition:

Participle Prepositions performed as verb+(ing or ed) format in a sentence.

examples: Following, Regarding, During, Including, Pending, Barring, Considering, etc.

Examples of participle preposition are in sentences:

  1. Touching this matter, I have not as yet made up my mind.
  2. Respecting your beliefs, I will take back my orders of demolishing the mansion of your elders’ pride.
  3. Do not touch any type of equipment during the practical sessions.
  4. The principal went to the staff room to talk with the faculty regarding the new lecture schedules.
  5. I will conduct an extra class to cover all pending topics in the syllabus.
  6. Considering the quality, the prices are quite reasonable.

7. Detached Preposition:

A detached preposition is associated with an interrogative/relative pronoun or an adverb and is situated at the end of the sentence.

examples: In, for, at, from, with, to, etc.

Examples of detached preposition are in sentences:

  1. Whom are you looking for?
  2. Are you approaching me?
  3. What are you talking about?
  4. This is a list of all machines that you asked for.
  5. Which of the hotels are you working in?

8. Appropriate preposition:

An appropriate types of preposition follows some nouns, verbs, adjectives. It does not obey any rules to speak and write well in English.

Examples of appropriate preposition are in sentences:

  1. Certain conditions are not acceptable to us.
  2. We must learn to adapt ourselves to changing fields.
  3. He is rather backward in his Classroom.
  4. These guys are addicted to drugs.
  5. Scarlet is not aware of his friend’s intentions.