Definition of prepositional phrase in English:

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prepositional phrase

Entry from US English dictionary


A modifying phrase consisting of a preposition and its object.
Example sentences
  • Despite some minor confusion regarding prepositions, these limited examples suggest that the singer has a basic grasp of how to form noun phrases, verb phrases, and prepositional phrases in English.
  • This completely irrelevant, because ‘an eater of mice’ is not a compound noun, it's a phrase consisting of a noun phrase connected to a prepositional phrase.
  • This is a prepositional phrase used adverbially, modifying ‘said’.

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Syllabification: prep·o·si·tion·al phrase

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