Object of Preposition

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In grammar, a prepositionOpens in new window is a word that shows the relationship between a noun (or pronoun) and other words in a sentence. Prepositions are words like to, from, under, through, during, between, above, by, over, before, etc.

The object of a preposition is the noun or pronoun that follows the preposition and and adds to its meaning. The object of the preposition is often the receiver of the action or the thing being described.

Observe the following sentences:
  • John served the coffee in a timely manner.
  • The coach and his assistant walked across the field.
  • 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.

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.

Additional examples of object of preposition are given below:

    • She sat on the chair.
    The preposition "on" shows the relationship between "she" and "the chair." "The chair" is the object of the preposition.
    • The book is under the table.
    The preposition "under" shows the relationship between "the book" and "the table." "The table" is the object of the preposition.
    • He walked to the store.
    The preposition "to" shows the relationship between "he" and "the store." "The store" is the object of the preposition.
    • The cat is in the box.
    The preposition "in" shows the relationship between "the cat" and "the box." "The box" is the object of the preposition.
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