Object of Preposition

Identifying Objects of Prepositions

Prepositional phrasesOpens in new window are groups of words beginning with a prepositionOpens in new window and generally ending with a noun. The object of a preposition is the nounOpens in new window or pronounOpens in new window that follows the prepositionOpens in new window and adds to its meaning.

In the examples we have just observed, “manner,” “field,” and “New York” are the objects of the prepositions “in,” “across,” and “from,” respectively. (Prepositions are words like to, from, under, through, during, between, above, by, over, before, etc.)

The object of the preposition is the word that answers the question what? or whom? about the preposition. Thus, in the sentence “He swam across the lake.” We can ask what after the preposition “across”, as, across what?—Answer, the lake.