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prepositional phrase

A prepositional phrase is made up of at least a preposition and its object, which can be a noun, pronoun, or a noun phrase. Often times, the object will have a modifier or modifiers (such as adjectives, noun adjuncts, etc.) that appear between it and the preposition. These specify or describe the object, but, unlike prepositions, they do not serve to connect the object grammatically to the rest of the sentence.
Prepositional phrases can behave in two ways in a sentence: as an adjective modifying a noun in the sentence, or as an adverb modifying a verb, adjective, or adverb in the sentence.
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prepositional phrase

n. Abbr. PP
A phrase that consists of a preposition and its object and has adjectival or adverbial value, such as in the house in the people in the house or by him in The book was written by him.
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Noun1.prepositional phrase - a phrase beginning with a preposition
phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
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syntagme prépositionnel
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