English grammar

Module 6, Prepositions, Lesson 2:

Compound Prepositions and Compound Objects

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Definition:
Compound prepositions are made up of two or more words. They may be written as one word (They look like regular prepositions) or as two or more separate words (They look like an adverb and a preposition or another prepositional phrase). These separated prepositions are sometimes called double prepositions, multiword prepositions, or phrase prepositions.
The bird \in the tree \outside my window is singing loudly. (one word compound)
The bird \on top of the tree \outside of my window is singing loudly. (multiword compounds)
That movie will be playing from June 10 to June 23. (This is an unusual one because the parts of the preposition are interrupted.)

Compound Objects

A preposition can have two or more objects.

The swimming pool is \between the oak tree and the palm trees.

Practice What You've Learned

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Part 1

Directions:
Click on all the words that make up the compound preposition in each sentence.
1.
Please get off of the couch.
2.
I hope he wins the prize for the sake of his children.
3.
The oak tree is next to my window.
4.
We visited the castle prior to boarding our river cruise boat.
5.
Nicholas pulled the remote control from between the sofa cushions.
6.
The knight went out in search of a dragon to slay.
7.
We went swimming in spite of the cold wind.
8.
It's hard to believe my little brother is now up to my chin.
9.
You should keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a fire.
10.
That is the correct answer according to the textbook.

Part 2

Directions:
Click on all the objects of the bold-faced prepositions.
11.
I prefer my ice cream sundaes without nuts or sprinkles.
12.
Put your camera in the tote with the towels and sunscreen.
13.
Joshua sits between David and Xavier.
14.
We swim in our pool daily throughout the summer and fall.
15.
Those plants need to go in front of the palm tree and tall bushes.
16.
That painting was done by my little sister and my little brother.
17.
You can watch that movie at either the mall theater or the one downtown.
18.
I think my cell phone is in my backpack or my sports bag.
19.
My grandmother gathers wildflowers from along the bank of the stream or the backroads.
20.
The movie begins at 3:00 or 4:50.
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