Preposition Followed By Preposition


Constructions with Preposition + Preposition Combinations

In English grammar, it's generally considered incorrect to use multiple prepositions in a row in a single phrase or sentence. Prepositions are used to show the relationship between words in a sentence, and using multiple prepositions in succession can lead to awkward or unclear language. However, some prepositions (e.g., from, down) may be immediately followed by another preposition, but these are not common.

For example:
      • They emerged from behind the cottage.
      • The sound seemed to be coming from inside the chest.

Sequences made up of two prepositions, such as from behind, from inside, and down to, occur frequently, as shown in examples-1 above.

The first preposition can often be followed by a number of others. For example, from occurs freely with prepositions such as behind, inside, and beside, whereas down occurs freely with prepositions such as beside, around, and by, as is the case in examples-2.

      • He took the package [from {behind/inside/beside} the box] and gave it to her.
      • She wandered [down {beside/around/by} the river].

These sequences of two adjacent prepositions followed by an NP function as single prepositional phrases and can therefore be moved to the beginning of the sentence, as demonstrated in examples-3.

      • A strange vehicle suddenly emerged from behind the house.
      • From behind the house, a strange vehicle suddenly emerged.
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    • The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book and Reference Guide Preposition + Preposition Combinations (Pg 151) By Ron Cowan.

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