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The Prepositional Phrase

The Prepositional Phrase
Printer Fabulous! Recognize a prepositional phrase when you see one. At the minimum, a prepositional phrase will begin with a preposition and end with a noun, pronoun, gerund, or clause, the "object" of the preposition. The object of the preposition will often have one or more modifiers to describe it. These are the patterns for a prepositional phrase: Preposition + Noun, Pronoun, Gerund, or Clause Preposition + Modifier(s) + Noun, Pronoun, Gerund, or Clause Here are some examples of the most basic prepositional phrase: At home At = preposition; home = noun. Most prepositional phrases are longer, like these: From my grandmother From = preposition; my = modifier; grandmother = noun. Understand what prepositional phrases do in a sentence. A prepositional phrase will function as an adjective or adverb. The book on the bathroom floor is swollen from shower steam. As an adverb, a prepositional phrase will answer questions such as How? Freddy is stiff from yesterday's long football practice.

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Preposition Rule There is one very simple rule about prepositions. And, unlike most rules, this rule has no exceptions. Rule A preposition is followed by a "noun". It is never followed by a verb. By "noun" we include: noun (dog, money, love)proper noun (name) (Bangkok, Mary)pronoun (you, him, us)noun group (my first job)gerund (swimming) Comparative Adjectives English Lesson In English, adjectives are used to describe things. We use comparative adjectives to compare and contrast things that we want to describe. There is a system for creating comparative adjectives. Using this system will help you write and speak more clearly, and will make you a better English speaker! One Syllable Comparative Adjectives

Introduction to English Phrases and Clauses Introduction to Phrases Phrases are considered as the second level of classification as they tend to be larger than individual words, but are smaller than sentences. We refer to the central element in a phrase as the head of the phrase. If the head is a noun then the phrase is called a noun phrase. There are nine generally accepted classifications for phrases. Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives Summary: This handout provides a detailed overview (including descriptions and examples) of gerunds, participles, and infinitives. Contributors:Purdue OWLLast Edited: 2011-12-09 01:47:54 A gerund is a verbal that ends in -ing and functions as a noun.

The Structure of a Sentence Remember that every clause is, in a sense, a miniature sentence. A simple sentences contains only a single clause, while a compound sentence, a complex sentence, or a compound-complex sentence contains at least two clauses. The Simple Sentence The most basic type of sentence is the simple sentence, which contains only one clause. Forming Comparative and Superlative Adjectives Skip to main content Forming Comparative and Superlative Adjectives You are here Home / Grammar / Adjectives and Adverbs / Forming Comparative and Superlative Adjectives One-syllable adjectives. Form the comparative and superlative forms of a one-syllable adjective by adding –er for the comparative form and –est for the superlative.

English grammar - clauses in sentences. - Waylink English Look at the sentences below. When I heard the disturbance, I dropped the files that I had been examining, then ran out into the corridor.I let the door slip from my fingers and it closed behind me. In the first sentence it appears that there are as many as four separate segments which look like partial sentences connected to each other in different ways: When I heard the disturbance,I dropped the filesthat I had been examining,then ran out into the corridor.

Verb Tenses In English, there are three basic tenses: present, past, and future. Each has a perfect form, indicating completed action; each has a progressive form, indicating ongoing action; and each has a perfect progressive form, indicating ongoing action that will be completed at some definite time. Here is a list of examples of these tenses and their definitions: English grammar - clauses in sentences. - Waylink English Look at the sentences below. When I heard the disturbance, I dropped the files that I had been examining, then ran out into the corridor. I let the door slip from my fingers and it closed behind me. In the first sentence it appears that there are as many as four separate segments which look like partial sentences connected to each other in different ways: When I heard the disturbance, I dropped the files that I had been examining, then ran out into the corridor. In the second sentence there are two segments:

Difference Between As and Like As vs Like As and Like are two words that are often confused due to the striking similarity in their usage and meanings, without paying any attention to the difference between the two words. Most of us are used to substituting one for the other as if there is no difference. The confusion mainly arises when they are used in comparisons. But, in fact, they are used in comparisons with a difference, which will be discussed later on in this article. What does As mean?

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