Prepositions are the words that join a noun, pronoun or the noun phrases and make each sentence complete. However, learning preposition is little tricky and hence, students should be conscious while reading a book or other documents and check the usage of the preposition.

Why is the preposition "to" not used in this sentence? Like this:

Prepositions are the words that join to a noun, pronoun or the noun phrases and make each sentence complete.


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I suspect the sentence was written by someone whose first language is not English. Use of the verb "join" in that way, reads a little oddly. But "join" used in this way as an intransitive verb does not demand "to". You join a club or society, a couple might be joined in matrimony. As a transitive verb, "to" is appropriate when identifying direct and indirect objects - I joined the wires to the light fitting.

  • What word would you put in?
    – Boyep
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 13:41
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    I think I'd say something like "Prepositions are words used before a noun, pronoun or a noun phrase which explain the relationship between the action described by a verb, and the noun." Oh - and please ignore what I said about an intransitive form. I had a brainstorm! The bit about direct/indirect objects is what you need. :-)
    – Ian
    Commented Sep 10, 2019 at 17:23
  • Hi @Ian, I clarified the context a bit. The blockquoted text was not the original. The bolded "to" was OP's inclusion. Not sure if you were aware. I was fine with making the edit since I didn't think it invalidated your answer. Basically, I think your answer still stands, just the first sentence might need to be updated.
    – Em.
    Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 8:45
  • Hi Em - that's fine. Yes, I did catch that the "to" was inserted. My first sentence stands.
    – Ian
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 9:08

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