What are prepositions?
Prepositions are connecting words that are usually followed by a noun. The preposition and noun together make what's called a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrases give descriptive information in a sentence, usually giving information about time or place. For example:
under the rug
after the movie
due to the circumstances
Some prepositional phrases have modifiers between the preposition and the noun.
in the back closet
next to the chocolate ice cream
Why are prepositions important?
Prepositional phrases are important for two reasons:
- To make a sentence more descriptive.
- To help locate the subject and verb. The subject and verb of a sentence are NEVER inside of a prepositional phrase. So when you are looking for a subject and/or verb, first try crossing out prepositional phrases to narrow down the possibilities.
Subject is in Red
Verb is in Blue
sweep dirt under the rug.
During storms, my dog always hides
in the back closet.
Due to the circumstances, I can't show up for our date.
The hot fudge
next to the chocolate ice cream.
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