Expressions without prepositions

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

We do not use prepositions in some common expressions. In some other expressions, we can leave them out.

After discuss, enter, marry, lack, resemble and approach

Verbs like discuss, enter, marry, lack, resemble and approach are normally followed by direct objects without prepositions.

Before next, last etc.

Prepositions are not used before a number of expressions beginning next, last, this, that, one, every, each, some, any and all.

Before what time...?

We usually leave out at before what time.

In an informal style, at is often dropped before about + time expression.

Measurement expressions after be

Expressions containing words like height, weight, length, size, shape, age and colour are usually connected to the subject of the clause by the verb be, without a preposition.

Before home

We do not use to before home.

In informal English, at can be left out before home.

Sections in this article

Expressions without prepositions
Prepositions at the end of clauses
Prepositions: some useful points
Common prepositions - usage
Common errors with prepositions