Questions tagged [prepositional-phrases]

A "preposition phrase" or "prepositional phrase" (PP) is a phrase headed by a preposition such as "at", "on", "across", or "before".

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What does this 'as' prepositional phrase modify?

He learns about his responsibility as heir to the throne. In the sentence above, the 'as' prepositional phrase follows the noun 'responsibility'. Initially, I thought that it might complement said ...
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"On a course" vs "In a course" in American English

In American English, what is the exact difference between a student/teacher being on or in a course and what is the difference between a class/exam/subject etc. being on or in a course? Example ...
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What is the difference between at the cafe, in the cafe, and by the cafe? [closed]

so I'm learing Norwegian now at Duolingo. My native languange is not English. So I confused about a sentence that means "We wait by the cafe." Why is it 'by the cafe', not 'in the cafe' or '...
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"The Lakers have been winning in a row"

I wonder if we can say, "in a row" without specifying how many times in a row. For example, do you think sentences like the ones below can be said by native speakers? The Lakers have been ...
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Can prepositional phrase have verbs and subjects in it?

“I need information on how I can help.” I have read that prepositional phrases either lack a verb or a subject. This sentence seems to have both. Would this be correct and if so is the object of ...
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Ponder over/about/on [duplicate]

He seemed to be pondering his answer. My research: I think it means "he was thinking about the thing he was going to answer as in he knew the answer but again remembering it in an emotional way. ...
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Which of the sentences has correct placement of prepositional phrase?

The dog in the snow ran to the doghouse. The dog ran in the snow to the doghouse. Both are incorrect If I select 1, it means the dog was staying in the snow, which sounds correct.If I select 2,it ...
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taste or smell like (that of) a lemon

Sour things have a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell like a lemon. Sour things have a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell like that of a lemon. ("that"= the taste or smell)...
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Is the prepositional phrase 'as a child' functioning as an adverb or adjective?

He was inducted as a child. In this example, what does the prepositional phrase 'as a child' modify? One would think that it describes the pronoun 'he', but if this is the case, shouldn't it be ...
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Can modifying phrases (adjectival and adverbial) be stacked/chained?

He walked on the road with pace. In the example above, there are two prepositional phrases: 'on the road' and 'with pace.' These both function adverbially, modifying 'walked.' Is this grammatically ...
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How do you indicate the "length" of instalments?

I'm wondering whether it's correct to use the construction "instalments of + TIME" with the word instalment to express the 'length' of the instalment? For instance, can I say Payment may be ...
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Is this prepositional phrase adjective or adverb?

Is this prepositional phrase "with same sex quickstep" an adjective describing "history" or adverb modifying "makes in the sentence below? Andrew Makes ‘Dancing With The ...
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In the provided example, what does the prepositional phrase modify?

The film put the spotlight solely on the eponymous character. In this example, is the prepositional phrase (in bold) modifying 'put' like an adverb, or is it acting as an adjectival object complement ...
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What part of speech is this prepositional phrase?

What part of speech does "into a gourmet meal" function as in this sentence: "Watch this iron chef turn instant noodles into a gourmet meal"
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subject complement or adverb phrase

I have a question about a sentence below. we expect about 50% of registered voters to vote in the election. Is a PP(in the election) a subject complement(is it possible?) or a modifier? If it is a ...
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In noun complement

while studying a complement, I have a question in a sentence. The name was changed to avoid confusion with another firm. Is a preposition phrase(with another firm) a noun complement with the word '...
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A phrase function : adverb phrase or adjective phrase

In text book, there is a sentence which I can't analyze. She's very conventional in her views. Is a preposition phrase(in her views) an adverb phrase or an adjective phrase? , Or does it function a ...
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Is the prepositional phrase an adjective or adverb?

In the sentence, "Justice Department to announce lawsuit against Texas over law that bans nearly all abortions" are the prepositional phrases "against Texas" and "over law&...
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What is the meaning of "at one end"?

I read about negative inversion grammar and I am faced with this sentence below which I don't know the meaning of "at on end": No sooner had the paint dried at one end than it needed ...
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Is prepositional phrase modifying verb or subject?

In the below sentence is the prepositional phrase "at the same time" modifying "the two opposing players?" or "crashed. It seems like it would be describing "the two ...
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If picture belongs to someone , Can we say? "Send me a picture of Sally's", "This is a picture of Sally's"

If you use a noun rather than a pronoun. "Send me a picture of Sally", I want a picture that shows what Sally looks like. But is this correct? "Send me a picture of Sally's", I ...
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"One of those nights" vs. "on one of those nights."

Example sentence: He crept out of this room when everyone was asleep. (On) one of those nights, he bumped into his dad. Is on required? Or maybe the sentence is correct with and without it?
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Is the prepositional phrase acting as an adverb or adjective

Is the phrase "after contracting covid-19" acting as an adjective or adverb in the sentence below? Unvaccinated teacher infects students after contracting COVID-19
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Prepositional phrase order

I sit in the hospital on the chair. It means I sit on the hospital’s chair. Does “on the chair” need to be moved right after “sit”?
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From in your mouth into mine?

In the musicnotes preview of "Between two lungs" by Florence and the Machine (https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0078870 ;p. 5) it looks like there comes an "in" ...
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the significance of an adjective in front of an preposition "of "

In general, an noun or an pronoun is located in front of an preposition "of". By the way, I happen upon some sentences including an adjective. The gallery is full of people. The society is ...
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Don’t all the prepositional phrases modify words?

I don't think “because of (something)” or “when it comes to (something)” modify words, although they are prepositional phrases. For example, "I didn’t do homework because of health." It just ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "at your duty" in this context?

This is the context, from an English translation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. The word "service" here means military service. 'Funny fellow!' pronounced the innkeeper. 'And why ...
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Why does a grammar checker want to replace "the key to have" with "the key to having"?

I have written the sentence but grammarly.com says that you need to change "have" to "having". The key to have having a successful marriage is to remain calm during conflicts ...
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to the side vs on the side

In my book there is the text: Chad climbed the familiar trail and higher where the plane had plowed through. He carefully arranged the sheets of metal in the form of a cross. No one in the air could ...
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won't be back for six months

a. He won't be back for six months. b. He won't be back in six months. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Is there any difference in their meanings? Does (a) imply that he will back shortly ...
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“I hit the ball in the cave”

Can “I hit the ball in the cave” mean “I hit the ball while I being in the cave” and “I hit the ball, and the ball went into the cave”?
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Preposition “in” meaning “wearing”

I’m dressed in a coat in the summer. Does this sentence mean "I’m in a coat" or is the verb "dressed" modified by "in a coat"? If the former, doesn’t the prepositional ...
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What is the difference between these noun clauses?

This comes from an exercise in one of Betty Azar's books. Do you know how many minutes there are in 24 hours? Do you know what the distance between the Earth and the Moon is? The question is, why can ...
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creating unavoidable large increases in difficulty from one to the next

<...> It would be easy to face a fear of standing on high balconies in a way that’s totally controlled and on your terms. Socializing is trickier. <............> The social situations you ...
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Which one is correct? "greenhouse gases from human activity" or "greenhouse gases by human activity"

Which one is better for the following sentence? I know that "produced by human activity" is more accurate, but I personally prefer to shorten it if it is possible. What drives the increase ...
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Does each word of sentences belong to a part of speech?

When I was learning English my teacher told me every single word belong to a part of speech. but I don't understand There is a car in front of my house. In this sentence, in front of is a ...
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Should it be considered as a prepositional phrase or a determiner? [duplicate]

He drank half of a half gallon of milk. Should I divide it into ‘of a half gallon’ and ‘of milk,’ or should I divide it into ‘half of’ and ‘a half gallon of’?
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Plural and singular nouns after preposition 'of' in grammar explanation resources

I have read a few explanations about how to use nouns in sentences. I found two common versions of the explanations. Nouns can be used as subjects of sentences. reference1 / reference2 Nouns can be ...
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Are there any rules for placing a noun after a preposition?

I still cannot master which form of nouns (singular or plural) should be placed before and after the preposition "of". For example, if I want to refer to one book of each student, which one ...
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Put salt on/ Add salt to fruits

Put salt on fruits. a) Is this sentence correct? Do we use 'put' with salt/ spices? Add salt to fruits. a) Same question. Is this one correct/ more natural? b) I need clarification about the ...
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Using “in between” as an adverb

Can we use “in between” when talking about something between two things when those two things are not specified? Example: Let’s say I am watching this video with a friend of mine. Can I say, “The cat ...
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Is the bold marked in the below sentence a prepositional phrase? If not what is it?

The budget proposes spending 24.5 percent of G.D.P. over the next decade, up from a baseline of 22.7 percent. In the above sentence, is the part marked bold a prepositional phrase? If not, what is it?...
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My sentence ended up having two adjacent “for”s. Is it grammatical?

I’m writing comments for my NGINX configuration and one of them got two adjacent “for”s. Should I avoid this construction, or is it just plain off? What would be better ways to phrase it? “Two ...
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<very well above>, <so well above>, <so much above>

Are the phrases “very well above,” “so well above,” and “so much above” correct? Example sentences: The bridge is very well above us. The bridge is so well above us! The bridge is so much above us! ...
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Can I use ‘as’ in this way?

I want to use ‘as’ in the sense of ‘in a way of.’ Does ‘he cut an apple with a toy as a knife’ make sense for me to express that a toy with which he cut an apple was used as a knife?
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To do something on your feet

Can we say that someone is doing something on his/her feet if that person is doing it in a standing position. For example, are sentences like the ones below correct? Everybody clapped the performers ...
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Can pronouns be modified

As far as I know, pronouns such as "it" cannot be modified like "beautiful it". However, from my experience, I have heard native speakers say things like "Enjoy it with your ...
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The position of "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram"

I'd like to learn what places fit "such as Google, Facebook, and Instagram" in the following sentence. The internet brought new applications into our lives such as Google, Facebook, and ...
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What’s the difference between ‘from the sofa’ and ‘on the sofa’? [duplicate]

What is the difference between I turned on the TV from the sofa and I turned on the TV on the sofa ?

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