by Kitty Nash
Layered Prepositional Phrases
Click on each underlined prepositional phrase and then the word it modifies.
The files \ on the desktop \ of this computer seem to have disappeared ! ? 2.
The pudding \ on the top shelf \ of the refrigerator is for your grandfather . ? 3.
You should water the flowers \ with the water \ from the rain barrel . ? 4.
The papers \ at the bottom \ of that stack \ of newspapers are the oldest . Adjective or Adverb Prepositional Phrases
Using the toolbar, mark the prepositional phrases in the following sentences as adjective or adverb phrases. First click on the type of phrase in the toolbar, then click on the preposition, and lastly the object of the preposition.
In ancient Egypt , cats were sometimes mummified and buried in their owners' tombs . ? 6.
We were all tired from our long hike into the mountains . ? 7.
The man in the wheelchair lost his leg in a car accident . ? 8.
The voice on the phone sounded like my mother . Placement Problems and Dangling Prepositions
Highlight the misplaced phrase.
Edward in the washing machine loaded the laundry . ? 10.
The teacher said between classes we should go to our lockers . ? 11.
We sat and looked at pictures from our vacation in the family room . ? 12.
The kitten meowed pitifully at the vet in the cardboard box . Troublesome Prepositions
Choose the best word to correctly complete each sentence.
Even though we used the same research, my essay is very different from / different than your essay. ? 14.
The house beside / besides mine used to belong to my grandparents. ? 15.
I realize you are angry with / angry at me, but I didn't do it on purpose. ? 16.
You were between / among the first five students to finish the project. Commas with Prepositional Phrases
Decide whether the bold-faced adjective prepositional phrases are restrictive (no commas necessary), or nonrestrictive (commas needed). Commas have been intentionally left out.
Jessica in the middle of the crowd couldn't see our group. restrictive / nonrestrictive ? 18.
The streets in San Francisco are steep and winding. restrictive / nonrestrictive ? 19.
My car with its dented bumper no longer looks new. restrictive / nonrestrictive ? 20.
The nurse in the purple scrubs is my cousin. restrictive / nonrestrictive
Decide whether the bold-faced phrase needs a comma or not. If it could go either way, choose no comma.
On my hamburger I like ketchup and lettuce. comma / no comma ? 22.
Before showering Michaela needs to get the towels out of the dryer. comma / no comma ? 23.
On the streets of our town many people like to go for walks in the evenings. comma / no comma ? 24.
With soup you also get crackers and a salad. comma / no comma Idiomatic Verbs
Identify each set of bold-faced words as either an idiomatic verb or a verb with a prepositional phrase following it.
Make sure you back up all the files on your computer in case it dies. idiomatic / preposition ? 26.
It is not safe to hang out the bus window. idiomatic / preposition ? 27.
I hope my mother does not find out where we hid her present. idiomatic / preposition ? 28.
My cat has been known to run off dogs ten times her size. idiomatic / preposition