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.).
— 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.