They serve the purpose of acting like an adjective or adverb phrase in a sentence. This helps to modify words within sentences. These sentences usually start with a preposition and end with a noun, pronoun, or clause. We you are trying to identify these phrases in sentence look for words that modify others. Another way to spot a prepositional phrase is to realize that they are complete devoid of a subject. They will never be the portion of the sentence that contains the subject. These types of phrases are important to help us get a more vivid understanding of the subject. Prepositions show a relationship between different ideas within a sentence. Prepositional phrases contain the preposition itself, followed by its object and any modifiers.
The following collection of worksheets will give your students practice in identifying and construction each of the phrases. Activities include marking phrases within given sentences, identifying the objects within said phrases, noting where they are used as adjectives, and more. Answer keys have been provided for each worksheet for instructors. Fun Project Idea: Have your students perform the Schoolhouse Rock "Prepositions" song (available on YouTube) for extra reinforcement of the definition and use of prepositions.