What Are Prepositional Phrases?
When creating complex and complicated sentences, it is very important to keep the syntax and structure in mind. You need to know what every part of the sentence is called and how you can use it to put together sentences that actually make sense. Prepositional phrases are also very commonly used incorrectly, and it can reduce the quality of the sentence and lower its impact on the reader. Prepositional phrases consist of a preposition, an object, and modifiers. Usually, prepositional phrases are used to modify verbs or nouns. There are two types of prepositional phrases, and these include adverbial phrases and adjectival phrases. An adjectival prepositional phrase is when it acts upon a noun as an adjective. Some examples for such phrases include; The cat in the middle is the cutest, or my mother has always wanted to live in a cabin in the woods. In these two sentences, 'in the middle' and 'in the woods' are playing the role of an adjectival preposition phrase. An adverbial preposition phrase is when it acts upon a verb. Some examples of usage of adverbial preposition phrases are; To find who drank your lemon juice, look behind you. Here behind is the adverbial phrase as it answers the questions, 'look where?'