As easy as it sounds, Preposition of Inference, Motive, Source, or Origin is about a preposition whose functionality is to basically show the origin or source of something in a sentence. What is that something will be clearer to you as you read further. A preposition, as you must have learned so far is a word that connects a lot of elements in a sentence. These elements could be noun, verb, adjective or even adverb.
In this chapter, we will learn a particular kind of Preposition that is used to show the source of something. So let’s dive straight into it!
Browse more Topics under Prepositions
- Introduction to Prepositions
- Kinds of Preposition
- Preposition of Agency, Instrumentality
- Preposition of Cause, Reason, Purpose
- Preposition of Contrast, Concession
- Preposition of Manner
- Preposition of Measure, Standard, Rate, Value
- Preposition of Place
- Preposition of Possession
- Prepositions of Time
Preposition of Inference, Motive, Source, or Origin:
- From: Usually, this preposition joins two nouns in a sentence, or a verb and a noun. Let’s see a few examples to understand this.
- My father bought me a new playstation from Dubai.
- She has to bring her tiffin from home.
- Shehnaz is from Oman.
- I got these sweets from Jaipur.
- From this experiment, we can derive that plants need sunlight for photosynthesis.
- His dedication to crack JEE exam is rooting from his desire to excel in life.
2. Of/Out of: Now this preposition joins two verbs usually. Let’s see a few examples to understand this.
- From what we know of our father, he is a a reliable man.
- Out of respect, the knight bowed down to the king.
Sometimes words like from within and out of can be used to show the same purpose of this preposition. As long as you see the idea of inference, motive, source, or origin being portrayed in a sentence, know that the kind of preposition used is a Preposition of inference, motive, source, or origin.
What is also to be noted is, sometimes Preposition of cause, purpose or reason is confused with Preposition of inference, motive, source, or origin. We recommend you to go through the said chapter to clearly see the difference between the two. Although they can be considered under the same umbrella sometimes, origin and reason is not the same thing as you can imagine. For example:
- She ran to deliver the mail. (Preposition of cause: The verb is ran, the joining verb is deliver, and the joining preposition is to. It answers the question of why did she run? Preposition of reason always answer the question to why?)
- She has to bring her tiffin from home. (Preposition of source: The two nouns are tiffin and home and the preposition joining them are from. It answers the question of where did she bring her tiffin from? Preposition of source answers the question of where?)
It must be clear to you that if you ask the question of why and where to your sentence, you will straight away know which kind of preposition it is. Voila!
Prepositions of inference, motive, source, or origin answer the question of where!
There! With that we wrap up with our chapter of Preposition of Inference, Motive, Source, or Origin. Hope you enjoyed learning with us. We have more fun grammar chapters coming up for you. Watch out this space for more! Till then, happy learning 🙂