Preposition + Gerund Clause

Relate one activity to another

watching tv
 

 

Prepositional Phrase Adjuncts

PREPOSITION + NOUN PHRASE

A clause with an activity may befollowed by a prepositional phrase to add optional details about the activity.  The preposition may be complemented (completed) by a noun (N / NP) or in some cases (before, after, while) a clause.

MAIN CLAUSE ADJUNCT
CLAUSE PP = P + NP / CLAUSE

Jason read the manual

before the installation.

before he installed the system.

Jason said, "You can't turn it on

without a plug."

Jane got it working

with a different cable.

Jason was talking

about an action movie.

Jason was having vision problems

from the new TV.

Jane suggested a "night out"

instead of  TV at home. 

Jason thanked Jane

for her suggestion.   

Jason lectured

against unnecessary expenses.  

PREPOSITION + GERUND CLAUSE

 The preposition may also be complemented (completed) by a gerund or gerund clause (nonfinite clause), which is the reduction of a full clause.

MAIN CLAUSE ADJUNCT
CLAUSE PP = P + GER CLS

Jason read the manual

before installing the system.

You can't turn it on

without plugging it in.

Jane got it working

by¹ using a different cable.

Jason was talking

about seeing an action movie.

Jason was having vision problems

from watching the new TV.

Jane suggested a "night out"

instead of watching TV at home.

Jason thanked Jane

for making her suggestion.

Jason lectured

against spending money.

 

Grammatical Functions: Subject – (Subj) the agent of the action; Predicate/Predicator – (Pred) the action or change in state; Complement – Comp  –  an element required to complete the subject and verb; Adjunct – an element not required by the verb, a modifying word, phrase, clause; Supplement – a comment in the form of a word, phrase or clause that is loosely related to the central idea of the sentence.

Lexical Categories "Parts of Speech": N – noun / pronoun; NP – noun phrase; V – verb; VP – verb phrase; Adj – adjective; AdjP – adjective phrase; Adv – adverb; AdvP – adverb phrase; P – preposition; PP – prepositional phrase; Detdeterminers –  noun markers (e.g., articles, quantifiers, demonstratives, possessives); Subord – subordinator; Coord – coordinator; Interj – interjection; INF – infiniitve: GER – gerund; Nonfinite: an infinitive or gerund clause

 

Related pages: Preposition Complements 

 

 

 

Preposition List

about

after

by

from

with

against

before

for

of

without

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Mistakes

Errors and Solutions

 

 

 

Error and Solution

ERROR

*I drove there without stop.

 

He looked scared before jumping in the pool.

SOLUTION

I drove there without stopping.

He held his breath before jumping in the pool.
(Before relates two activities. The main clause cannot be a static verb.)

 

*Incorrect usage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice

Managing Headaches

headache
 

 

Reword the sentence with a preposition + gerund expression.

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "Check" or "Check 1-10" button at the bottom.

 

1.
Jack had a headache before breakfast.


 

2.
Jack prefers treating his headaches without medications.


3.
Sometimes, Jack gets rid of a headache with a cup of coffee.


4.
Too often, Jack is thinking about his job.


5.
Sometimes, he gets headaches from his anxiety.


6.
Jack prefers a project instead of a lot of unrelated jobs.


7.

8.
Jack is looking forward to a new job

Jack is looking forward to   a new job.

9.
For now, Jack is concentrating on his resumé.

For now, Jack is concentrating on  his resumé.

10.
For now, Jack is against any big moves.

For now, Jack is against   any big moves.