More About Prepositions • If possible, don’t use prepositions at the end of a sentence. Ex: I don’t know where my brother is at. Fix: I don’t know where my brother is right now. •Sometimes you’ll see prepositions in a sentence. If the preposition is NOT part of a prepositional phrase (starting with a preposition and ending with a noun or pronoun, it is NOT functioning as a preposition in that sentence. Ex: She is going to run tomorrow morning. *to is NOT a preposition in this sentence Ex: My dog was running around. *around is NOT a preposition in this sentence Prepositional Phrases: Adjective or Adverb?? Prepositional phrases can function as adjectives describing either a noun or a pronoun. • Prepositional phrases functioning as adjectives answer the questions: What kind? How many? Which one? Examples: Irish setters are dogs with long hair. **with long hair is modifying the noun: dog Answers the question: What kind? The bridge over the creek is old. **over the creek is modifying the noun: bridge Answers the question: Which one? Prepositional Phrases: Adjective or Adverb?? Prepositional phrases can also function as adverbs describing either a verb, adjective, or other adverb. • Prepositional phrases functioning as adverbs answer the questions: How? When? Where? How long? How often? How much? Examples: The hockey team will play at the new arena. **at the new arena is modifying the verb phrase: will play Answers the question: Where? Before class, Josh begged his friend for a pencil. **Before class is modifying the noun: bridge Answers the question: When? ***Notice the prepositional phrases are not always directly after the word they are modifying. Now you try… 1. Turn to page 8 in your packet. 2. First, identify the prepositional phrases in each sentence. Put them in parenthesis. 3. Next, decide if they are functioning as adjectives or adverbs.