Prepositions are a small component of English Grammar, but prepositions are a very important word class, they are used very frequently, hence we need to look at some preposition rules too. The top 25 words in English are the prepositions, namely, words like from, in, to, of, with, at, by.
Thoroughly understanding the concept of prepositions helps you to achieve fluency in the English language. We all know how important it is to be well versed with the language in today’s time. There are very few prepositions in English, so it makes our job easier to learn and understand them. Normally we use only 70 prepositions in our daily lives, but there is a total of 150 prepositions.
Let us now look at some preposition rules to understand them and use them correctly.
- A Preposition should always include an object
This is one of the first preposition rules and it says that Objects are included in all prepositions, but if a preposition does not consist of an object, then it will not be considered as a Preposition at all, it will be considered as an adverb. A preposition will always have an object, whereas an adverb will not have an object.
Let us understand with some examples,
- They are in the living room. (The preposition ‘in’ has an object ‘the living room’)
- I will eat after class.
2. Pronoun following a preposition must be in object form
‘Prepositional Object’ happens when a noun or a pronoun follows a preposition. In case if it is a pronoun, it will be in the objective form and not in the subjective form.
Objective form include words like ‘them, her, me you’
Subjective form include words like ‘’she, they, I)
- This surprise is from my sister and me.
- That will be between me and him.
- I gave it to Kevin.
3. Pre position=place before
The word Pre-position tells us that usually, a preposition comes before an object.
- We put the body in the coffin.
Even though a preposition does not come before an object, it is still closely related to the object.
4. Preposition Forms
As said before, prepositions have no particular form, usually, they are just one-word prepositions. However, some might be two-word prepositions too or even three-word prepositions. These types of phrases are known as complex prepositions.
- One word preposition includes words like before, into, on.
- Complex prepositions include words like according to, in spite of, but for, on account of)
One important rule to remember is that a Preposition is always followed by a noun and is never followed by a verb.