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Prepositions Rules

Important Rules


Preposition is not used after transitive verbs like discuss, describe, reach, order, tell, attack, demand, resemble etc. when they are used in active voice.

- Keats described about the beauty of nature in his poem (incorrect) [remove about]


Objective case is used after preposition.

- He does not depend on them.

- I do not talk to him.


If there are two verbs that should be followed by different prepositions, both prepositions must be specified.

- He was surprised at as well as pleased with my work.


Verb is used in present participle (verb + ing) form if it is preceded by preposition like about, after, at, before, for, from, in, on, to etc.

- I do not believe in wasting time.

- She was punished for doing it.


Preposition is not usually used before home but to is used if possessive case is used after before home.

- She is going home tonight.

- We have gone to Shika’s home.


Say, suggest, speak listen, reply, talk, complain etc are always followed by to if a person is used as an object after these verbs.

- They are not listening to me.

- I suggested to Anjali that she should take medicine regularly.


Preposition is not used before yesterday, today, tomorrow, last night, this morning, the next day.

- She went last night.

- They will arrive here tomorrow.


Suddenly and with are never used with come across. Come across is used to mean to find or encounter.

- I suddenly came across Priya. (incorrect) [delete suddenly]

- I came across with him. (incorrect) [delete with]