What Are Prepositions of Manner?
Prepositions of Manner: Types
We can further categorize the prepositions of manner into the following categories:
- Prepositions of Method
- Preposition of Instrument and Device
- Preposition of Agency
- Preposition of Similarity
Prepositions of Manner
Prepositions of method show in which method or manner something is done. The most commonly used prepositions of manner are as follows:
We use 'in' when we talk about how an action happens. Pay attention to the examples:
Jason wrote his papers
She left the room
'With' as a preposition of method indicates how something is done. For example:
The mother held the baby
She stared at the shadows
In a ... way/manner
We can use the phrase 'In a ...way/manner' to describe actions. For example:
My mom called my school and convinced them
Mr. Johnson spoke to me
Preposition of Instrument and Device
A preposition of instrument is used to indicate the tool or object used to perform an action. It describes the means or instrument by which something is done. The most commonly used prepositions of instrument are:
'By' is used to denote a means of transportation or an object. For example:
I always go to work
denoting a means of transportation.
He was killed
denoting an object
This preposition indicates the instrument used to perform the action. For example:
He opened the bottle
She fixed the table
'On' is another preposition of manner which expresses the method used to perform an action. For example:
She checked the whole town
Can I work on my essay
Prepositions of Agency
Prepositions of agency are used to indicate the agent or entity responsible for an action or event. They provide information about the cause or source of an action. Common prepositions of agency include:
'By' is commonly used as a preposition of agency in English. It is used to indicate the agent or entity responsible for an action or event. Let's see some examples of the preposition 'by':
She explained everything
The neighborhood was ruined
'Via' can be used as a preposition of agency to indicate the means by which an action is performed or the source through which something is achieved. Let's see some examples of how can we use via:
I sent him the documents
She broke up with him
Preposition of Similarity
'As' plus a noun indicates the role or function something or someone plays. It shows the method with which a particular thing was performed. For example:
The preposition 'like' is usually used to express the similarity between two or more things. Check out the examples:
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