A prepositional phrase goes from a preposition to a noun. There can be an article and/or adjective in the middle.
|Preposition||Article and/or Adjective||Noun (or pronoun)|
|with||a large blue||bag|
A prepositional phrase can go before or after the subject-verb-object, or both before and after. Usually, when the prepositional phrase is first, it is a time phrase. It is more common for the prepositional phrases to be after the subject-verb-object.
- After lunch, we usually buy a cup of coffee
- She drives her carto school.
- Until 2015 I lived in my country.
- He didn’t speak English in 2019 before this class.
Sometimes, a prepositional phrase can act as an adjective, describing a noun:
- The student in the blue hat wants my attention.
- That car with a white top looks amazing!
You can use many prepositional phrases in one sentence!
- In the morning after her coffee she sits down at the computer and works on her students’ homework on Canvas until lunchtime.
Explanation and practice
Introduction to Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
(note – she explains well, but she has a little bit of an accent, so be sure to put on the cc (close captions) so you can understand well).
- Exercise on Prepositions – Place 1
- Exercise on Prepositions – Place 2
- Exercise on Prepositions – Place 3
- Exercise on Prepositions – Place 4
- Exercise on Prepositions – Place 5 (note: “via” means “through”
- Exercise on Prepositions – Time 1 (Note: Americans say “on the weekend” and “on vacation” while British English speakers use “at the weekend” and “on holiday.”)
- Exercise on Prepositions – Time 2
- Exercise on Prepositions – A picture
- Exercise on Prepositions – A photograph
- Exercise on Prepositions – George Washington
“Like” as a verb or as a preposition
Like verb (enjoy/love) vs. like preposition (similar to)
Video lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEWIDx1IEP0 (2 minutes)
Quiz (it’s mine, so put your name) https://testmoz.com/1662238