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.
- Observe the following sentences:
- 1) John served the coffee in a timely manner.
- 2) The coach and his assistant walked across the field.
- 3) The plane arrived from New York.
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.