Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth.

In the sentence above, what is the part of speech of the prepositional phrase "to the truth" and what is it the "reply" of?

The term reply here is a teaching term, like we say that adjective is the "reply" to "Which?" or "What kind of?", and adverb is "reply" for "When, where, why, how?"

Prepositional phrase is adjective or adverb

What type of adverb is --> to the truth

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You have already identified that the phrase is a prepositional phrase.

A prepositional phrase comprises a preposition and a prepositional object.

Here, in the phrase "to the truth", to is a preposition generally indicating a direction or dependency, and the truth is a noun (with its determiner).

A noun is a "reply" to "What?"

  • prepositional phrases are adverbs or adjective . So what kind of adverb it is
    – Vaibhav
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 10:32
  • I believe that assertion to be wrong, or at least, it only applies in a limited number of cases. A prepositional phrase is a prepositional phrase. Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 7:16
  • no a prepositional phrase behaves as a adjective or adverb depending upon the usage in the sentence
    – Vaibhav
    Commented Sep 28, 2022 at 17:44

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