Let's first remember that a preposition is a positional word! It leads the way to a pronoun or noun in a sentence. For example, "of" is a preposition. In the sentence "She was proud of her son," the preposition "of" leads to the noun "son." The prepositional phrase is the part of the sentence that contains the preposition and leads to the noun. In the previous example, "of her son" is a prepositional phrase.
Let's look at a few more examples. Can you name the prepositional phrase in the sentences below?
1. I am at work now.
2. The book is near your pencil.
3. Jeff is absent; he is under the weather.
Bonus: Can you also locate and define an idiom in sentence number three?
Please fill in the blanks in the following sentences with prepositions! If you need help remembering them, you may refer back to the list provided on this website in the Blackboard Skills section. Good luck!
1. We are all __________________________________________ class right now.
2. I love to be _________________________________ the ocean _________________________ the summer.
3. Tyler may be __________________________ the mall, but he is not there yet.
Please add not only the preposition, but also the prepositional phrase to each sentence below.
1. There was too much salt _________________________________________________.
2. Somerville is a part of the state _____________________________________________________.
3. Your birthday gifts are ________________________________________________________.
4. The beautiful flowers were delivered _________________________________________________.
Now please use the following prepositions in sentences of your own. Remember that the preposition is only the start of the prepositional phrase.
Example: under under the chair The pencil rolled under the chair.
Your words are: with on of along before