English grammar

Module 6, Prepositions, Lesson 6:

Prepositional Phrases as Nouns

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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

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Directions:
Click on all the words in the prepositional phrase acting as a noun.
1.
Before Christmas is an exciting time.
2.
The best time to study is before a test.
3.
Between the buildings is the best place to set up our garden.
4.
The best place for the Christmas tree is in front of the window.
5.
Without sugar is how I prefer my tea.
6 .
Between your knees is a bad place to hold a cup of hot coffee.
7.
In the hospital is not one of my favorite places to spend the night.
8.
The safest place for that figurine is on top of the dresser.
9.
Without mustard is how I like my hamburgers.
10.
After dinner is when you will need to run the dishwasher.
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