English Prepositional Phrases

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What is a prepositional phrase?

A prepositional phrase is a group of words starting with a preposition and ending with a noun, pronoun or a noun phrase (the object of the preposition).

Prepositional phrases give us more information about the word(s) they describe.

A word or group of words


Take a look at the following sentence: "They live in the big house."

The underlined part starts with a preposition (in) and ends with the object of the preposition (the big house). It gives us more information about where they live. Therefore it is a prepositional phrase.

Additional prepositional phrase examples (the prepositional phrase is in bold):

English Prepositional Phrases
  • Joe dived into the water.

  • They sat in the old green car.

  • The men are working for the money.

  • Every morning we take a walk in the park.

  • Don't shout at me.

  • Put the vase by the window.

  • Let's look at the new photos.

  • Benny met the kids from school.

  • The painting of the sunset is beautiful.

  • The dog jumped over the fence.

  • He came to the house late at night.

  • Can you help me with my homework?

  • Susan and Betty will meet next week.

  • Before going out, clean your room.

English prepositional phrases can be divided into two subcategories:

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