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Prepositional Phrases

Phrases are groups of words that function together. Prepositional phrases function like adjectives or adverbs. They describe nouns or verbs.

A prepositional phrase starts with a preposition. (See list below). It ends with a noun or noun substitute. It may contain adjectives describing the noun at the end of the phrase. The noun at the end of the phrase is called the object of the preposition.

A very short list of some common prepositions

about   before   for   under
after   between   from   up
against   down   in   with

After dinner we always sit in the living room to watch television.

Between you and me I didn't get a good first impression of your friend.

The girl with the nice teeth always brushed after meals.

See more about how prepositional phrases function as modifiers.

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