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P repositional Phrases as Adverbs (Continued)
 
Lesson 1-46
Prompt:We have found that prepositional phrases may serve as adverbs by modifying verbs. These phrases usually follow the verb they modify; however, the phrase may begin the sentence.
Directions:In each sentence below a verb is underlined. Click to select the adverbial prepositional phrase that modifies that verb.
1.The winter started with cold winds.
2.The first snow fell among the trees.
3.Near the house, the snow drifted.
4.Beneath the snow, the leaves rested.
5.The wind shook the trees with great force.
6.Snowdrifts formed against the fence.
7.The traffic stopped during the storm.
8.Kids walked up the hill.
9.Skiers skied down the slope.
10.Within their homes, the villagers kept warm.
11.Outside the house, the snowflakes softly fell.
12.Without car chains, the family stayed home.
13.The family remained beside the fireplace.
14.Skaters were arriving around the pond.
15.Smooth ice was resting below the snow.
16.Children skated until midnight.
17.The wind howled outside the house.
18.The children were frozen like ice cubes.
19.Hot chocolate was served by the fireplace.
20.Through the winter, we enjoyed the snow and cold.
Note:A comma is normally used to mark off a long prepositional phrase when the phrase starts a sentence. A comma may be correctly used to mark off any prepositional phrase starting the sentence if it is understood that the reader will make a pause at the comma. For the purpose of this study, all introductory prepositional phrases are marked off for clarity. As a writer, you decide. When there is doubt, use the comma rather than omitting it. This subject will be covered in more detail later in this study.