Prepositions – Method & Manner

Prepositions

Prepositions are small words that are related to another element in the sentence. They are essential because they provide additional details about the sentence.

Prepositions of Method and Manner are used to explain in what way something is done.

The most used Prepositions of Manner are By and With. They have the same purpose but not the same meaning:

By

By + -ing form or a noun.

With

With + noun.

By

  • She lost 2 kilograms by being vegetarian.
  • He will be sick by eating this ice cream.

With

  • He asked for the menu with hurry.
  • They ate the hottest Japanese sauce with courage.

By and with are prepositions that can be used to explain how somebody does something.

Prepositions are important, as they are small words that are related to another element in the sentence. We use Prepositions of Method and Manner when we wish to explain in what way something is done.

The main Prepositions of Method and Manner are “by” and “with”. We use By when we talk about actions and it is followed by the gerund (verb + -ing), whereas we use With to talk about objects or tools used to achieve something and it is usually followed by a noun.

For example:
— “We can handle the situation by talking.” = It explains in what way the action is done.
— “She looks at him with love.” = It explains in what way the action is done.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.