A prepositional phrase may be used as an adjective telling which orwhat kind and modifying a noun or pronoun. An adjective prepositional phrase will come right after the noun or pronoun that it modifies. If there are two adjective phrases together, one will follow the other. A prepositional phrase may be used as an adverb telling how, when, where, how much, andwhy and modifying the verb and sometimes an adjective. Adverb prepositional phrases can come anywhere in the sentence and can be moved within the sentence without changing the meaning. Only adjective prepositional phrases modify the object of the preposition in another prepositional phrase. Notice that some prepositional phrases may be adverbs or adjectives because of their location in the sentence.
Instructions: Pick out the prepositional phrases in these sentences, identify what they tell us, and what they modify.
1. Yesterday many people in Alaska suffered from the heat.
2. During the morning the family drove through the lovely mountains.
3. At noon we ate our lunch at the summit with great excitement.
4. Later our friends and we strolled down the wooded path.
5. The giant hole in the mountain is an unusual monument of our past.
–For answers scroll down.
1. in Alaska modifies “people” telling which / from the heat modifies “suffered” telling how
2. during the morning modifies “drove” telling when / through the lovely mountains modifies “drove” telling where
3. at noon modifies “ate” telling when / at the summit modifies “ate” telling where / with great excitement modifies “ate” telling how
4. down the wooded path modifies “strolled” telling where
5. in the mountain modifies “hole” telling what kindor which / of our past modifies “monument” telling what kind
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