Prepositions of Manner

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Introduction to Preposition

Prepositions are nothing but bridges. The job of bridges is to connect to different places. The preposition does the job of linking words in sentences. Without preposition, sentences may remain separated from each other. Prepositions do the job of connecting nouns, phrases and pronouns to different words in the sentence.

Let's try to understand preposition with the help of a few examples:

  • The food is on the dining table.

  • Raman is very fond of ice-cream.

  • The man jumped off the cliff.

  • The mother divided the food between her two kids.

  • Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first ascenders atop Mount Everest.

  • The paper plane flew above the ground.

  • Vishnu danced with Jyotsna.

  • I wake up every day at 12:30 pm.

  • He will come back from Germany in a month.

As you can observe from the above-cited examples, prepositions typically establish the link between the noun, pronouns, and other words. Answering questions about where, when and how? Now the prepositions are multi-faceted. They can be used in a variety of situations.

A preposition shows where an action took place, when an action took place and how it took place. Preposition of manner shows us how a particular thing has happened. The preposition of manner is also known as a preposition of styles. Prepositions are essentially joining words in the sentence. They enter nouns, phrases or pronouns to other terms in a particular sentence. Preposition of manners consists of words like on, by, with, like, etc.

Prepositions of Manner

Prepositions of form- By, With. These have the same purpose in the sentence but do not possess the same meaning. Both of them tend to exhibit the form of nouns. They usually provide an insight into what was used to make a specific thing happen.

Let's look at a few examples:

  • The gun will kill him. (the gun is going to be the reason for his death)

  • He faced the enemy with courage. (he was courageous when he met his enemy)

  • Ayush left the class in a flash. (Ayush was in a hurry when he left the class)

Prepositions are also used to answer the 'how' question. Here are some other examples.

  • Ramesh lost 2 kgs by going on an entirely vegetarian diet. (how did Ramesh lose 2 kgs? by eating a vegetarian diet)

  • Vishnu and Kapil went through the storm with courage. (how did Vishnu and Kapil go through the storm? with courage)

Preposition of Method- 

As if, as, on, like. These prepositions show the method with which a particular thing was performed.

Let's understand this with a few examples:

  • John spoke as if he was the leader of the group. (in the manner of the leader)

  • Karan acted like there was no other alternative. (in a manner that there was no other alternative)

  • I have worked as a scriptwriter and cinematographer. (in the capacity of a scriptwriter and cinematographer)

Different Kinds of Prepositions

Explanation of kinds of prepositions is a little bit tricky as there are not many rules. Let's get introduced to different kinds:

1. Simple Prepositions: 

These include 'at, by, for, of, in, of, out, till, with, to, up, through.

  • The blue whale dived back into the water, giving rise to a huge splash.

  • I am from Honduras.

  • Vishnu is here till his sister gets into college.

  • He cannot shine by his light.

2. Compound Prepositions: 

Prefix + noun/adjective/adverb – usually a=no and be=by

Above, across, around, along, below, about, besides, beneath, beyond, between, outside, without, within.

  • According to the director, he is a good actor.

  • The floor was clean aside from a few scattered pieces of glass.

  • You should have gone west instead of going east.

3. Double Prepositions: 

Simple preposition is used two times.

  • My daughter jumped from behind the sofa to scare me.

  • As per the meteorology department, it is not going to rain today.

4. Participle Prepositions: 

In this Verbs are the one which acts as a preposition. They usually end in -ing.

  • Apart from a few minor errors, the game went smoothly.

  • Everybody remain silent during the presentation.

5. Phrase Prepositions:

  • My sister collected the prize money on behalf of my little brother.

  • Despite being the best football team, we were not able to register a win.

  • Owing to her brother's bad health, she took retirement from the job.

  • She fought valiantly on behalf of her country.

  • As a consequence of his health, he could not take part in the competition.

Prepositions of Place

Preposition of place generally tells us about an object or a person in relation to another object or a person.

Some commonly used prepositions of place are:

Between, behind, by, in front of, and next to.


  • He found the gap right between the two fielders.

  • The culprit was standing right in front of me.

  • The postman is right by the door.

  • I will be right by your side during these difficult times.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How to Begin a Sentence with the Help of a Preposition?

Ans: To start a sentence with a preposition, you have to be careful so that the sentence does not get fragmented.


  • In case of emergency, do not use the upper engine.

  • After the match, we go out for a drink.

  • Over the autumn break, I went to see my Grandfather.

Q2. What is the Difference Between the Usage of 'by' and 'with'?

Ans:  Consider this sentence.

Warren came to the party 'by' auto.

Here preposition ‘by’ is used to designate how the work is done. It is used to denote the vehicle that is used for travelling. C

Consider another sentence.

Vishnu went to the party with Kapil.

In this context, with is used to denote the company of someone. That someone is not an object.