What Are Objects of Prepositions?
The object of a preposition is a noun or pronoun or a noun phrase or clause that comes immediately after that preposition and together forms a prepositional phrase.
Objects of Prepositions: Structures
Nouns as Objects of Prepositions
The object of a preposition is most commonly a noun that together with a preposition forms a prepositional phrase.
Someone left a message for
She was sitting up in
Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions
Since the word(s) after a preposition should work as an object, the pronoun after prepositions has to be an object pronouns. So, the words such as he, she, it, etc., cannot be used as the object of the prepositions. Now check out the table of object pronouns:
He sat next to
They arrived after
Gerunds as Objects of Prepositions
Gerunds can function as objects of the preposition. Gerunds consist of the main verb + ing. Take a look at the examples below:
She busies herself by
Skills can be improved with
Noun Phrases as Objects of Prepositions
If there is a 'noun phrase' after a preposition, the whole noun phrase is considered the 'object of the preposition.'
I will go to mom's house after
He did it with
Noun Clauses as Objects of Prepositions
If a'noun clause' comes after a preposition, the whole noun clause is considered the 'object of the preposition.'
One cannot cooperate with
I am not interested in
Asking Questions about Objects of Prepositions
When we want to ask about the object of a preposition, we use questions with prepositions. In these questions, we put the prepositions at the end of the sentence.
Who did you play football
What are you talking
What factory are you working
Though it is not grammatically correct to start a question with a preposition, but it is a common way. And The correct way is not used often.
Subject and Verb Agreement
Prepositional Phrase Modifiers
How to Find an Object of a Preposition
The object of preposition follows a preposition so any noun, noun phrase, or phrase that follows a preposition is the object of it. Check out the examples.
His brother waited for
Look at the
'Objects of prepositions' are nouns, pronouns, gerunds, or noun phrases that are used after prepositions as their objects. To find an object of a preposition you only need to find the preposition, the noun or phrase after the preposition is the object.
- What Are Objects of Prepositions?
- Objects of Prepositions: Structures
- Nouns as Objects of Prepositions
- Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions
- Gerunds as Objects of Prepositions
- Noun Phrases as Objects of Prepositions
- Noun Clauses as Objects of Prepositions
- Asking Questions about Objects of Prepositions
- Subject and Verb Agreement
- Prepositional Phrase Modifiers
- How to Find an Object of a Preposition