It’s accurate to say that almost every sentence has at least a preposition. Prepositions used in a sentence are commonly placed immediately after a noun, an adjective, or a verb. Just as common are prepositions coming before a noun phrase. Prepositions are also used after a direct object.
- The hostages didn’t give up hope of being released alive.
- The people are unlikely to forget your kindness to them.
- What he did had brought shame on his family.
- She felt anger at his change of holiday plan.
- Both parties expressed satisfaction with the agreement.
- None of his relatives and friends believed him guilty of this terrible crime.
- Not being confident about their future, they decided to emigrate.
- He has been absent from school for two days now.
- She is busy with her make-up.
- The resort is famous for its nightlife.
- The audience laughed at her funny jokes.
- She doesn’t seem to worry about anything in life.
- This little boy dreams of driving a big car one day.
- She believes in ghosts and angels.
- He’s helping her to choose between the two cars.
Preposition follows direct object of transitive verb
- She forgives him for going out with the other girl.
- He added pepper to my soup.
- He stole something from the church.
- The stranger robbed him of all his money.
- The magician turned a carrot into a rabbit.
Preposition in front of a noun phrase
The preposition is commonly followed by a noun phrase. Together, they form the prepositional phrase. In the following examples, the prepositional phrases are shown in bold. The noun in the noun phrase is the object of the preposition.
- Do you remember where the sun sets? The sun sets in the west. (Preposition: in / Noun phrase: in the west / Object of preposition: west)
- The old building was burnt to the ground.
- The two clowns are riding on a circus horse.
- A flock of ducks waddles along the river bank.
- He had a dream that he fought hard against a huge green monster.
Preposition can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a sentence
- This morning, my grandmother appeared more cheerful than my grandfather.
- To whom did you complain?
- For him to question me like that is beyond his authority.
- This is the cave in which there is at least a million of bats.
- There is a small bald patch on top of my head.
- You are talking about a species of dinosaur that I have never heard of.
- He soon discovered that his new wife is difficult to live with.