Objects of Prepositions for intermediate learners

Objects of prepositions are used when we know there must be an object after the prepositions.

"Objects of Prepositions" in the English Grammar

What Are Objects of Prepositions?

An object of a preposition is a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that comes after a preposition and completes its meaning.

Nouns as Objects of Prepositions

As mentioned above, nouns and noun phrases can function as objects of prepositions. Let us study the following examples:

Sicily is watching a movie with Andy.

She told me about the whole issue.

Tip!

Keep in mind that when a noun phrase or a noun clause is used after a preposition, the whole phrase or clause functions as the object of the preposition. Take a look at the following examples:

Could you please tell this to that narcissistic mother of yours?

Hannah went to that desecrated church.

Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions

As mentioned before, pronouns can function as the object of a preposition. Look below:

Subject Pronouns Object Pronouns
I Me
You You
He Him
She Her
It It
We Us
You You
They Them

Now, let us take a look at some examples:

I want you to give this to them.

He emailed all the reports to me.

Tip!

Gerunds can function as the object of a preposition too. Take a look at the following examples:

It is time for studying, darling.

After singing this much, I try to remain silent as much as I can.

How to Find Them?

As the name suggests, these objects are used with prepositions. Therefore, whether they are nouns, noun phrases/clauses, or pronouns, they are always placed after the preposition. Take a look at the following examples:

What do you think about these witch trials?

She came in after the final decision was made.

Prepositional Phrase Modifiers

To modify prepositional phrases, we can use either an adverbial phrase, an adjective clause or a relative clause. Study the following examples carefully:

Before singing, which is one of my favorite hobbies, I usually take a nap.

Give it to this angry little boy.

Warning!

When asking a question about an object of a preposition, usually 'whom' is used in its place. Take a look at the following example:

I told him to speak to her. → I told him to speak to whom?

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