A simple preposition is a one-word preposition. A preposition can also come in a two-word or a three-word combination, which is called a compound preposition. A compound preposition functions as a single preposition. It consists of two words such as according to, because of, different from, due to, and instead of. Examples of three-word compound prepositions are as far as, in addition to, in front of, and in spite of.


There are words that are used only as prepositons as shown in the following table.


against concerning onto
amid despite toward
among during towards
at from unto
bar into upon
beside of with



One-word prepositions: 



  • The children were against their mother riding a camel since she is allergic to camel’s hair.

  • There was a single duck amid a brood of chickens. 
  • The mother called the three sons to divide the pizza among them.
  • She began to think of getting married at the age of thirteen.
  • Six cats slept atop a three-metre wall.
  • She has eaten all my grapes, bar one. (bar = except for) 
  • She was sure someone stood beside her but didn’t appear on the photo.
  • He went to catch crabs in the dark and despite the weather..
  • He got into a fight with the coach driver during the trip.
  • He began to sing aloud from an old songbook.
  • Most of his personal belongings including his pet goose were destroyed in the fire.
  • This is the third time my grandfather walked into me when he didn’t have his glasses on.
  • Last night, he heard the sound of footsteps coming from the roof..
  • The dining hall opens onto a cemetery.
  • The police had very little information regarding the policeman's disappearance.
  • The train is now heading toward the tunnel..
  • The prisoner threatened to fast unto death to get his alcoholic drinks.
  • They look upon him as a role model of how to teach adults to behave like adults.
  • She believes her weight increases with each passing day. 



Two-word compound prepositions:  



  • According to 

    his mother, he often talked in his sleep.

  • As of next week, all of you will eat less to lose weight.
  • Her face was perfect aside from that one hairy mole.
  • The bucks fought hard and it’s all because of a doe.
  • We waste a lot of time arguing instead of agreeing.
  • The detective didn’t know he was sitting next to a wanted man.
  • Sometimes my grandfather cuts pictures out of my magazines.



Three-word compound prepositions  



  • The explosion could be heard as far as five kilometers away.
  • We keep five dogs in addition to two cats.
  • It’s his habit to doze off in front of the television.
  • They continued with their search and rescue mission in spite of the bad weather.
  • He can’t sing any more on account of his failing health.
  • The villagers carried pails of water on top of their heads.