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.


After noun



  • Throughout their ordeal, the hostages never gave up hope of being released alive.
  • She doesn’t seem to have worry about anything in life.
  • What he did had brought shame to his family.
  • She felt anger at his change of holiday plan.
  • Both parties expressed satisfaction with the agreement.



After adjective



  • None of his friends believed he’s guilty of the terrible crime.
  • Not being confident about their future, they decided to emigrate.
  • He has been absent from school for two weeks now.
  • She is busy with her make-up.
  • The resort is famous for its nightlife.



After verb



  • We laughed at her funny jokes.
  • Someone knocked the antique vase which fell and smashed to pieces.
  • This little boy dreams of driving a big car one day.
  • She believes in everything that is told to her.
  • 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 something to my soup.
  • Someone 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 prepositional 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 prepositional phrase is the object of the preposition.



  • I still remember the sun sets in the west

    (Preposition: in / Prepositional phrase: in the west / Object of preposition: west)

  • The multistorey building was burnt to the ground.
  • The mere sight of a mouse will make her jump onto the table. 
  • A flock of ducks waddles along the river bank.
  • To reach the other side, we had to swim against the tide.



Preposition can be at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a sentence.


  • To whom



  • For him



  • That's the cave in which we think there are at least a million of bats.
  • There is a small bald patch on top of my head.
  • TheYou 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.