Prepositional Phrase

A prepositional phrase is a collection of words that commences with a preposition and concludes with a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase, referred to as its complement. Examples: Preposition + Noun He finds himself in a predicament. Place your trust in me.   Preposition + Pronoun Please bear with me. Go after them.   Preposition […]

A prepositional phrase is a collection of words that commences with a preposition and concludes with a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase, referred to as its complement.

Examples:

Preposition + Noun

  1. He finds himself in a predicament.
  2. Place your trust in me.

 

Preposition + Pronoun

  1. Please bear with me.
  2. Go after them.

 

Preposition + Noun Phrase

  1. She consistently raises her voice at the girls.
  2. Our location is at the farm.

 

Other Varieties:

  1. Preposition + Wh clause (e.g., He was astonished at what she disclosed to his friend.)
  2. Preposition + ing clause (e.g., He requires a truck for transporting gravel.)

 

Grammatical Functions:

A prepositional phrase can function as a modifier (an adjective), an adverb, or a complement of a verb or adjective.

 

Modifier (adjective):

The man with a hat is our teacher. (modifies the noun “man”)

 

Modifier (adverb):

The police caught the thief in the garden. (modifies the verb “caught”)

 

Complement of a verb:

We believe in what you said. (Complement of the verb “believe”)

 

Complement of an adjective:

We are sure of his chances. (complements “sure”)

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