Prepositions at the end of clauses

A 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.


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.


In passive structures, prepositions go with their verbs.

Infinitive structures

Infinitive complements can have prepositions with them.

You can find more worksheets here

Prepositions exercises and worksheets

Prepositions exercise 1
Prepositions exercise 2
Prepositions exercise 3
Prepositions exercise 4
Prepositions exercise 5
Prepositions exercise 6
Prepositions exercise 7

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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