When writing a sentence, I sometimes get stuck with the order of prepositional phrases if there happen to be a couple of them in a series. I cannot seem to place them next to the part they intend to modify, which ruins the sentence. I googled this particular problem and watched a few YouTube tutorials, which, unfortunately, has confused the matter further. I want to keep it simple and find out whether there's a way to get it right.

Another problem I have with them is that I sometimes cannot decide whether they should be punctuated or not, to make things clear.

Just to give you a small example

There was a great interview... 1) of Mary about her book 2) in NYT 3) by John

I cannot put these phrases into their correct order, and punctuate if or where necessary.

Please help. Thanks.

1 Answer 1


Try to get away from your first sentence idea and say it simpler.

  • John interviewed Mary about her book in New York. It was a great interview.
  • Sure, that works. But what if I wanted to write it as one senetence?
    – axomna
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 19:15
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    Then you have to make your choice , because I normally avoid heaping too many additional indications at the end of a sentence.
    – rogermue
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 19:20

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