Prepositions at the end of clauses

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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.

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.

Sections in this article

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