prepositional phrase

  1. a phrase consisting of a preposition, its object, which is usually a noun or a pronoun, and any modifiers of the object, as in the gray desk I use.

Origin of prepositional phrase

First recorded in 1960–65

Words Nearby prepositional phrase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prepositional phrase in a sentence

  • If it deserves more notice, perhaps a prepositional phrase will express it.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • For this adverbial use of all (here modifying the following prepositional phrase), compare Il Pens.

    Milton's Comus | John Milton
  • prepositional phrase modifying noun subject: The flooding of the pond made the ice smooth.

    Business English | Rose Buhlig
  • A prepositional phrase: "His frame is on a larger scale;" "The marks were of a kind not to be mistaken."

    An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • prepositional phrase: "My antagonist would render my poniard and my speed of no use to me."

    An English Grammar | W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell