Prepositions Need Objects
Hear the story about
the guy delivering groceries?
He knocked on a woman's
door and asked, "Where would you like me to put the groceries at?"
You've likely heard that you shouldn't
end a 'sentence' with a preposition. More accurately though, you shouldn't
end a clause with a preposition. If you really boil the beans
down, you should always use a noun or pronoun object after a preposition.
A preposition begins a prepositional phrase, a phrase beginning
with a preposition and ending with an object of that preposition.
Learn to recognize prepositions, and you can avoid ending a clause with
one, unless it begins a prepositional phrase.
She replied, "Don't you know
you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition?"
"Alright then," he responded,
"where do you want me to put the groceries at, scumbag?"
Some examples of prepositions
(preposition in italics, object in bold print) :
Careful with what are called phrasal
verbs, which consist of two words - the verb and a
like a preposition:
|in the wind
||up the tall ladder
|out the door
||through the steel
|under the red floor
||beyond his wildest
|near the dove's bird
||behind the shiny glass
Formal writing flows much more
smoothly without the use of such particles. In the examples above, note
the one-word alternatives. Verb phrasals do not always exactly lend themselves
|set up (prepare)
||take out (carry)
||put down (set)
|pick up (collect)
||take on (assume)
||call on (ask)
|drop out ( withdraw)
||pick out (select)
||put out (extinguish)
|turn up (appear)
||turn up (raise)
||look up (find)
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