Once in a while, a prepositional phrase may act as a noun. This is fairly rare. A noun prepositional phrase generally acts as the subject of a sentence or as a subject complement.
In front of the class is a stressful place to be. (subject)
The most stressful place for me is in front of the class. (subject complement)
In these cases, there is usually a noun in front of the prepositional phrase that is implied or understood, but not written.
(The spot) in front of the class is a stressful place to be.
The most stressful place for me is (the spot) in front of the class.
Practice What You've Learned
- Click on all the words in the prepositional phrase acting as a noun.
- Before Christmas is an exciting time.
- The best time to study is before a test.
- Between the buildings is the best place to set up our garden.
- The best place for the Christmas tree is in front of the window.
- Without sugar is how I prefer my tea.
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- Between your knees is a bad place to hold a cup of hot coffee.
- In the hospital is not one of my favorite places to spend the night.
- The safest place for that figurine is on top of the dresser.
- Without mustard is how I like my hamburgers.
- After dinner is when you will need to run the dishwasher.