English grammar

Module 6, Prepositions, Lesson 7:

Layered Prepositional Phrases

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English grammar

A prepositional phrase may modify the object of another prepositional phrase.

The flowers \in the pot \on the windowsill \in the kitchen \of my grandmother's house \in Maine are violets.

The flowers are in the pot.
The pot is on the windowsill.
The windowsill is in the kitchen.
The kitchen is of my grandmother's house.
The house is in Maine.

Doesn't this sound like a children's rhyme?

Hint:
Be careful not to use too many prepositional phrases at once because it can be confusing. Two prepositional phrases at a time are usually enough unless you are intentionally trying to layer lots of prepositional phrases.

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Click on each underlined prepositional phrase and then the word it modifies.
1.
That crystal glassware is \from Carlsbad \in the Czech Republic.
2.
The car \in the driveway \of the neighbor's house isn't theirs.
3.
Please put those steaks \on the grill \in the backyard.
4.
The lions \on the plains \of Africa hunt zebras and gazelles.
5.
I should get rid of the clothes \on the top shelf \of my closet.
6.
\In the valley \below that mountain, the villagers raise goats for milk and cheese.
7.
The Easter eggs hidden \on the lawn \of the White House are for the President's party.
8.
The toys \on the floor \of the living room need to be picked up now.
9.
Jessie's new apartment is \on the third floor \of the apartment building \on the corner.
10.
My dog is afraid \of the noises \of the fireworks.
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