Prepositions At The End Of Clauses


Prepositions at the end of clauses

preposition often connects two things – a noun, adjective or verb that comes before it and a noun phrase or pronoun (prepositional object) that comes after it.

In some structures we may put the prepositional object at or near the beginning of a clause. This happens especially in four cases:

wh-questions: What are you looking at?
relative clauses: This is the book that I told you about.
passives: I hate being shouted at.
infinitive structures: It is a boring place to live in.

Wh-questions

When a question word is the object of a preposition, the preposition most often comes at the end of the clause.

Relative clauses

When a relative pronoun is the object of a preposition, the preposition often goes at the end of a clause.

Passives

In passive structures, prepositions go with their verbs.

Infinitive structures

Infinitive complements can have prepositions with them.