There are two sentences :

  1. We found it in our kitchen.
  2. The storm came quickly out of the south.

"in our kitchen" and " out of the south" are prepositional phrases,right? I was told, that prepositional phrases are prepositions and nouns /pronouns they reffer to. But in the first sentence it is not just a preposition and noun, it is preposition, pronoun and noun, that's why I think it can be something else. In the second sentence, there is " out", which can be both adverb and preposition, of, which is the preposition and the noun "south", I dont know, whether" out of the south" is a prepositional phrase, it is confusing.

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    A prepositional phrase is a preposition and a Noun Phrase as its object. Noun phrases can have nouns in them, but they also have adjectives, articles. quantifiers, and relative clauses. So whoever told you it was only a noun didn't tell you all of it. Or maybe you missed something. Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 18:05
  • See also forum.wordreference.com/threads/prepositional-phrases.4032847
    – user81561
    Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 19:44

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"In" and "out of" are here prepositions followed by noun phrases, which may or may not be individual nouns. "Our kitchen" and "the south" are both noun phrases.

  • +1 and "our" isn't a pronoun, but a possessive adjective.
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 22:30
  • @gotube It depends on your preferred terminology; I would classify it as a pronoun serving as a determiner. If it were a true adjective, you could say "the our kitchen" or "an our kitchen." Instead, "our" serves the same syntactic function as an article.
    – alphabet
    Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 22:37

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