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NAME: _____________________________ CLASS: _________________ DATE: ______________

What are prepositions?

What is a prepositional phrase?
Part A
Each of the following movie quotations contains on or more prepositional phrases. Underline the
prepositional phrase(s) in each sentence. Make sure you separate prepositional phrases that are

1. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

2. "May these horses bear you to better fortune than their former masters."
3. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
4. "It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live."
5. "You know, I always thought that I rescued you from the Dragon's Keep."
6. "In this town, the fewer people who know something, the safer the operation."
7. "Son, you got a panty on your head."
8. "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"
9. "What we do in life echoes in eternity."
10. "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fish."
11. "Tonight most people will be welcomed home by jumping dogs and squealing kids."
12. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates."
13. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning!"
14. "For sixty years the ring lay quiet in Bilbo's keeping, prolonging his life, delaying old age."
15. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Part B
Label the underline part of the following sentences as: PREPOSITION, COMPOUND PREPOSITION
1. A steamroller parked in front of his house. ________________
2. He can’t sing any more on account of his failing health. ________________
3. Her face was perfect aside from that one hairy mole. ________________
4. Herbert began to sing aloud from an old songbook. ________________
5. His is only one voice among many, but it will be heard. ________________
6. Last night, he heard the sound of footsteps coming from the roof. ________________
7. She went to catch crabs in the dark, despite the weather. ________________
8. Sometimes my grandfather tears pages out of my magazines. ________________
9. The bucks fought hard and it’s all because of a doe. ________________
10. The car beside the red one is the one I want to buy. ________________
11. The clues within the first few chapters will lead to the murderer. ________________
12. The detective didn’t know he was sitting next to a wanted man. ________________
13. The dining hall opens onto a cemetery. ________________
14. The extra blanket is in the box under the bed. ________________
15. The present inside the big box is mine. ________________
16. The villagers carried pails of water on top of their heads. ________________
17. They had a picnic in spite of the bad weather. ________________
18. They got into a fight with the coach driver during the trip. ________________
19. We keep five dogs in addition to two cats. ________________
20. You waste a lot of time arguing instead of agreeing. ________________
Part C
Are the underlined words of the sentences working as Prepositions or Adverbs? On the line, write
1. We watched the clouds float by. ________________
2. Turn left just beyond the apple orchard. ________________
3. Did you bring the paper in? ________________
4. A large crowd gathered outside the ticket office. ________________
5. The skis are in the garage behind the sleds. ________________
6. These belong in the cupboard below the kitchen sink. ________________
7. The concert was planned by the performers themselves. ________________
8. Stan stood outside and watching the plane fly overhead. ________________
9. Did you see the advertisement inside the magazine? ________________
10. We seem to have left Robbie behind. ________________