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Unit 7.2

Prepositional Phrases


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

A prepositional phrase consists of a preposition and 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 combinations of prepositions with other elements of the sentence (a noun, pronoun, gerund, etc.).

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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