Object of a Preposition
Nouns or noun phrases which follow prepositions are known as objects of those prepositions.
- on the table
- in water
- to him
- with the little girl
- beside her husband
- outside the house
- in one hour
All of the nouns or noun phrases in italics above serve as objects of the prepositions. Together, the preposition and the noun or noun phrase is called a prepositional phrase.
Don't Forget the Object Form after a Preposition
Even native English speakers sometimes forget that after prepositions the object form of a pronoun is necessary. This mistake is most common when multiple objects are used.
- Diane spoke with Robert and I. Not Correct
- Diane spoke with Robert and me. Correct
FUN FACT: Marilyn Monroe often intentionally made the mistake above for comic effect to convey the idea of an uneducated woman who was trying to be educated.