The Uses of Grammar

By Judith Rodby; W. Ross Winterowd | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 15
Prepositions and Particles:
Review of Prepositional
Phrases as Nominals,
Adjectivals, and Adverbials

CHAPTER PREVIEW
Prepositions are connectives. In
Dick threw Jane into the pool.

the preposition into connects the noun phrase the pool with the verb threw. As you already know, into the pool is an adverbial modifying the verb. Prepositional phrases can also function as nominals, adjectivals, and complements.

Words we recognize as prepositions can also be analyzed as particles, adverbs, and adjectives when they are not followed by a noun phrase.

THE FUNCTIONS OF PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES: REVIEW
AS ADVERBIALSAs adverbials, prepositional phrases modify
Verbs
Lionel worked until midnight. [adverb of time]
Leona lived near the hospital. [adverb of place]
Lolita seduced Humbert with her charms. [adverb of manner]

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