Prepositions are mostly small single words used before a noun (at home), a noun phrase (across the river) or a pronoun (for you). They may also consist of two or more words acting as a single preposition called compound preposition. The prepositions are used to form relationships between the nouns and other words in a sentence by linking them.
There are many prepositions, most of which are single-word such as above, along, behind, from, near, of, on, since, to, until, and with.
A preposition can also be a two-word or three-word combination. It is called a compound preposition.
Two-word compound prepositions include according to, because of, different from, due to, and instead of.
Three-word compound prepositions are as far as, in addition to, in front of, and in spite of, etc.
A preposition is followed by a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun, each of which becomes the object of the preposition. Only the noun can be the object; other parts of speech such as verb, adjective, or adverb cannot be the object.
Sentences without prepositions
Prepositions are one of the eight parts of speech. It plays an important role in forming relationship between words in a sentence. Without it, sentences become meaningless.
Different types of preposition
The different types of preposition are used to show the time and date when something happens (prepositions of time); where something is or happens (prepositions of place); or where something is headed or directed (prepositions of movement).
He had a catnap at lunchtime. (Preposition used to indicate time.)
Using the different prepositions to show time, place, and direction
Using the same preposition to show time, place, and direction
The subsections explaining these in details can be accessed with the following links:
- 1. Different types of prepositions
- 2. Prepositions of Time
- 3. Prepositions of Place
- 4. Prepositions of Direction
- 5. Compound Prepositions
- 6. Same word functions as preposition and other parts of speech
- 7. Same Word used as preposition and adverb
- 8. Positions of preposition in the sentence
- 9. Ending a sentence with a preposition
Removal of preposition
Sometimes a preposition does not form a necessary part of a sentence. It can be removed without affecting the meaning of the sentence