What is a prepositional phrase?

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Mar 25, 2016


A prepositional phrase is a preposition plus the subject of the preposition (noun or pronoun it is suceeded).


A preposition is a word (usually a short word) that shows the relationship between two other two nearby words. The word preposition means positioned before, so it will sit before a noun or a pronoun to show that word's relationship to another nearby word.

For example (prepositions in bold):

  • a boy from the ghetto (the preposition from tells us the relationship between ghetto and boy.)
  • a bone for the dog (the preposition for tells us the relationship between dog and bone.)

The following are all examples of prepositions: in, on, at, around, above, near, underneath, alongside, of, and for.

A prepositional phrase is made up of a preposition and the object of the preposition (including any modifiers). Prepositional phrases are very common. They function as either adjectives or adverbs. For example:

  • It is a message from Mark . (the prepositional phrase from Mark is functioning like an adjective because it is describing message.)
  • Mark is trapped on the island . (the prepositional phrase on the island is functioning as an adverb because it is modifying the verb is trapped.)

Sources: http://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/prepositions.htm

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