Basic Grammar: Prepositional Phrases

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Grammar Workshop on Prepositions and their phrases

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Basic Grammar : 

Basic Grammar Prepositional Phrases Basic Grammar Should Never Hurt!

Prepositions : 

Prepositions are words describing the location of nouns and pronouns in time and space. Which word is the preposition in the sentence below? The bees buzzed around the hive. The word “around” is a preposition telling us where the bees were located.

Common Prepositions : 

Common Prepositions aboard   about   above   across   after   against along   among   around   as   at   before behind    below beneath beside   between   beyond   but   by   concerning   despite   down   during except for   from   in   into   like near   of   off   on   onto   out   outside   over   past   per   regarding   since   through till   to   toward   under until up upon   with   within without Hint: You will be quizzed very soon! Concentrate on the list above and try to remember as many prepositions as possible.

Prepositional Phrases : 

Prepositional Phrases Are groups of words led by prepositions to indicate specific details of location, time, and space. In the sentence below, what is the complete prepositional phrase? The bees buzzed around the hive. “Around the hive” is the complete prepositional phrase. This group of words, led by the preposition “around,” describes where the bees were located.

Quiz Time! : 

Quiz Time! Quickly write down as many prepositions as you can remember from the previous list. By the way, you were warned that this moment would come!

Why Care? : 

Why Care? Prepositional phrases are often mistaken as subjects of the sentence, which then leads to subject-verb agreement (or SVA) errors. Knowing how to identify prepositional phrases helps prevent the SVA error, which is the most common problem in English grammar.

Practice! : 

Practice! Try to choose the correct verb in the sentence below: The pack of wolves in the mountains (eat or eats) anything available. Eats is the correct verb because the subject is only one pack. Wolves and mountains are in prepositional phrases, but their closeness to the verb can cloud the issue and cause the SVA error.

A Little More Practice . . . : 

A Little More Practice . . . Correctly identify the prepositional phrases in these sentences. A. Symbols on the dollar bill have mysterious origins.  B. Bikers are rebels of the road. C. Skunks sprayed their odors along Nola's fence. D. Skulls in our backyard frightened us. E. This side of the lake is dangerous.

Answers : 

Answers A. Symbols on the dollar bill have mysterious origins.  B. Bikers are rebels of the road. C. Skunks sprayed their odors along Nola's fence. D. Skulls in our backyard frightened us. E. This side of the lake is dangerous.

Boardwalk Fun : 

Boardwalk Fun Can you find all of the prepositions in the lyrics of this song? (If words appear more than once, count them also!) Oh when the sun beats down and melts the tar up on the roofAnd your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire-proofUnder the boardwalk down by the seaOn a blanket with my baby ... is where I'll be From a park you hear the happy sounds from a carouselYou can almost taste the hotdogs and French fries they sellUnder the boardwalk down by the seaOn a blanket with my baby ... is where I'll be Under the boardwalk out of the sunUnder the boardwalk we'll be having some funUnder the boardwalk people walking aboveUnder the boardwalk we'll be falling in loveUnder the boardwalk, boardwalk

Answer: 24 Prepositions : 

Answer: 24 Prepositions Oh when the sun beats down and melts the tar up on the roofAnd your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire-proofUnder the boardwalk down by the seaOn a blanket with my baby ... is where I'll be From a park you hear the happy sounds from a carouselYou can almost taste the hotdogs and French fries they sellUnder the boardwalk down by the seaOn a blanket with my baby ... is where I'll be Under the boardwalk out of the sunUnder the boardwalk we'll be having some funUnder the boardwalk people walking aboveUnder the boardwalk we'll be falling in loveUnder the boardwalk, boardwalk

Remember:Basic Grammar Should Never Hurt! : 

Remember:Basic Grammar Should Never Hurt!

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