Preposition is a word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause, as in ‘the man on the platform’, ‘she arrived after dinner’, ‘what you did it for?’These prepositions can be divided into the following categories:
Simple prepositions are used in the simple sentences. Some of the simple prepositions are in, on, at, to, from, with, by, about, over, under, off, of, for, etc.
- I am not going with
- She is waiting in the park.
- Dad is going to the market.
Compound prepositions are used to join two nouns, pronouns or phrases. Some of the compound prepositions are about, across, among, beside, before, above, along, inside, between, around, behind, below, beneath, etc.
- My city is located between two mountains.
- I will finish the lunch before 2.00 P.M.
- I want to know about that boy.
Prepositional phrases are groups of words having prepositions indicating relationships among various elements in the sentence. Some of the phrase prepositions are according to, an account of, in spite of, in front of, for the sake of, in order to, by means of, with reference to, in addition to, due to, etc.
- I returned home due to condolence in the college.
- According to me, there were three mango trees in the garden.
- I work hard in order to maintain my position in the class.