A prepositional phrase may be used as an adjective telling which or what kind and modifying a noun or pronoun. An adjective prepositional phrase will come right after the noun or pronoun that it modifies. If there are two adjective phrases together, one will follow the other. A prepositional phrase may be used as an adverb telling how, when, where, how much, and why and modifying the verb and sometimes an adjective. Adverb prepositional phrases can come anywhere in the sentence and can be moved within the sentence without changing the meaning. Only adjective prepositional phrases modify the object of the preposition in another prepositional phrase. Notice that some prepositional phrases may be adverbs or adjectives because of their location in the sentence.
Instructions: Pick out the prepositional phrases in these sentences, identify what they tell us, and what they modify.
1. The librarian took from her desk a new edition of one of the classics.
2. It was placed in the display case in the corner of the library.
3. Many books of mysteries and detective stories are found in the library.
4. One story about magic appears in our literature book.
5. This story contains clues to the solution of the mystery.
6. I have read many stories by Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes.
7. A wall of ancient Pompeii was discovered accidentally by an ordinary peasant.
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1. from her desk modifies "took" telling where / of one modifies "edition" telling which / of the classics modifies "one" telling what kind
2. in the display case modifies "was placed" telling where / in the corner modifies "case" telling which / of the library modifies "corner" telling which
3. of mysteries and detective stories modifies "books" telling what kind / in the library modifies "are found" telling where
4. about magic modifies "story" telling what kind / in our literature book modifies "appears" telling where
5. to the solution modifies "clues" telling which / of the mystery modifies "solution" telling which
6. by Arthur Conan Doyle modifies "stories" telling which / about Sherlock Holmes modifies "stories" telling what kind
7. of ancient Pompeii modifies "wall" telling which / by an ordinary peasant modifies "was discovered" telling how