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Unit 7.2

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional Phrase

Prepositional phrases are the result of the combination of a preposition and other elements of the sentence (nouns, pronouns, gerunds…).

A prepositional phrase consists of a preposition with another element (noun, pronoun, gerund…) of the sentence.

Prepositional phrases have these structures:

  • Preposition + noun: at, under and on;
  • Preposition + pronoun: with, to and from;
  • Preposition + gerund: without, after and before.
  • Preposition + noun
    • She works at home.
    • The homeless man sleeps under the bridge.
    • The meeting is at 7, I hope that she arrives on time.
  • Preposition + pronoun
    • You can come to Paris with me.
    • I am telling this to everybody.
    • I received a letter from him.
  • Preposition + gerund
    • He left the house without listening to his mom.
    • I always go to work after watching television.
    • I usually eat breakfast before going to school.

In a sentence a prepositional phrase is used in several different ways.

  • As an adjective (will answer the question Which one?);
  • An adverb of time or place (will answer questions such as How? When? or Where?);
  • As a noun phrase;
  • With double object verbs.

Prepositional phrases are the combination of the prepositions and other elements of the sentence.

For example:
— Preposition + noun: “I never arrive on time.
— Preposition + pronoun: “She took an interesting book with her.
— Preposition + gerund: “Before buying some tomatoes we talked to the seller.

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

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