Section 1.6

Prepositions

Prepositions introduce groups of words called prepositional phrases, examples of which are listed below. In each of the phrases, the preposition appears in boldface, and the object of the preposition — the noun or pronoun that follows the preposition — appears in italics.

PrepositionObject of the Preposition

at the door

in the neighborhood

from the CEO

by the journalist

to the human resources manager

on the desk

until the 5:00 p.m. meeting

for everyone

during the day

As you can see, prepositions are often short words, although longer words such as throughout and underneath can also be prepositions.