Unit 10.2

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional Phrase

Prepositional Phrases are the result of the combination of the prepositions and other elements of the sentence (nouns, pronouns, gerunds).

Certain Nouns are used only with specific Prepositions.

The Prepositions used by certain nouns are: By and on.

These Prepositional Phrases have this structure:
… + verb + preposition + object + …

The most commonly used prepositions with verbs are: about, at, for, from, in, of, on, with

Examples of prepositional phrases are: agree with, beg for, believe in, laugh at, listen to, look at, remind of, wait for, worry about

  • She is knocking at the door of the post office.
  • They aren´t laughing at me.
  • I have to send him a fax. Could you remind me of that later?

These Nouns only take on these specific Prepositions.

  • By: Car, bus, plane, train, mistake, hand;
  • On: Holiday, the phone, a trip, sale.

There are no rules of how to combine or use them. It should come automatically with time and practice.

Prepositions are important as they provide additional information about the sentence.We can use certain Nouns only with specific Prepositions.

  • The nouns used with the preposition «By» are: Car, bus, plane, train, mistake and hand;
  • The nouns used with the preposition «On» are: Holiday, the phone, a trip and sale.

For example:
— «We went there by plane.» = It gives additional information about the sentence.
— «I am on the phone right now.» = It gives additional information about the sentence.

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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