Compound Prepositions or complex prepositions consist of two or more words that function as a single preposition. You'll learn about them here!
What Are Compound Prepositions?
A preposition can be a single word, like most of the prepositions in the English language. But a preposition can also be a two-word or a three-word preposition, which is called a compound preposition. A compound preposition functions as a single preposition.
These prepositions consist of two words such as:
'According to' expresses a statement or report by somebody or something.
'Because of' is used before a noun or a noun phrase and talks about the reason for an action happening.
He couldn't attend the big game,
My teacher had to retire
'Due to' means 'caused by something or someone'. It is synonymous with 'because of'.
We canceled the picnic
'Instead of' means in the place of something or someone.
We ordered Champaign
Could I have tuna
'Next to' means beside or near something/someone.
There was a little girl sitting
When 'out' comes with another preposition, 'of', it means 'away from inside of a place or thing'.
The keys must have fallen
'Aside from' (also 'apart from' especially in British English) either means except for, or in addition to.
Here are some examples of the three-word prepositions (also called complex prepositions):
in Addition to
'In addition to' is used when you want to mention another person or thing after something else.
in Front of
'In front of' is a complex preposition that shows a position that is further forward than something or someone, but not very far away.
The taxi stopped
in Spite of
If somebody did something in spite of a fact, it means it is surprising that the fact did not prevent them from doing it.
on Account of
'On account of somebody or something' means because of somebody or something.
She couldn't attend that party
on Top of
On top of something means on or over something.
There is a statue
'Prepositions' are the words that govern a noun or pronoun to indicate their relation to other words. They can be made up of only one word or more than one word which is called compound prepositions.
compound prepositions are as follows:
|1. according to||5. next to||9. in front of|
|2. because of/ due to||6. out of||10. in spite of|
|3. instead of||7. aside from||11. on account of|
|4. as of||8. in addition to||12. on top of|