how to form Prepositional Phrases

 

A prepositional phrase is a phrase made from a preposition, a noun and one or more adjectives.

preposition + adjective/s + noun

Examples:

on the big table

under the bed

The noun in a prepositional phrase is called the object of the preposition.

 

Practice: Forming Prepositional Phrases

 

Exercise 1:

Drag the words into the correct boxes to form a prepositional phrase.

 
 


the

 

in

 

box




 

Exercise 2:

Drag the words into the correct boxes to form a prepositional phrase.

 
 


beach

 

by

 

the




 

What do Prepositional Phrases Do?

 

Prepositional phrases can function as either Adverbs or Ajectives in a sentence.

 

A Prepositional Phrase Acting as an Adverb

The dog is sleeping under the bed.

In this sentence, the phrase 'under the bed' is acting like an adverb. It is telling us where the dog is sleeping.

 
Prepositional phrase as adverb
 

A Prepositional Phrase Acting as an Adjective

The dog under the bed is sleeping.

In this sentence, the phrase 'under the bed' is acting like an adjective. It is telling us which dog is sleeping.

 
prepositional phrase as adjective
 

Practice: Adjective or Adverb?

Are the prepositional phrases acting as adjectives or adverbs? Select the right answer. Click 'submit' to check your answers.

 

Ben ran to the beach.

The monkeys in the tree are swinging.

Ben loves the Rebekah with long hair.

Ben took Rebekah on a date.

 

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