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Sentence Building with Prepositional Phrases: Sample Combinations

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After you have completed the sentence-building exercise on page one, compare your new sentences with the sample combinations below. Keep in mind that many combinations are possible, and in some cases you may prefer your own sentences to the original versions.

Sample Combinations

  1. During the luncheon, a mouse darted across the salad bar.

  2. This summer we traveled by train from Biloxi to Dubuque.

  3. The convertible swerved off the road, crashed through the guardrail, and caromed off a maple tree.

  4. After his quarrel with Mr. Jimmy, Mick planted seeds in his garden.

  5. Grandpa dropped his false teeth into a glass of prune juice.

  6. Lucy played behind the couch for hours with her imaginary friend.

  7. Before the ballgame on Sunday afternoon, a man in a chicken costume dashed across the field.

  8. A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift waters twenty feet below.
    (Ambrose Bierce, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge")

  9. The high gray-flannel fog of winter closed off the Salinas Valley from the sky and from all the rest of the world.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Chrysanthemums")

  10. One hot night in the summer of 1949, I climbed to my usual perch in the cramped press box above the wooden stands of the baseball park in Lumberton, North Carolina.
    (Tom Wicker, "Baseball")

For additional practice using prepositional phrases, visit the following pages:

  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Grammar & Composition
  4. English Grammar
  5. Sentence Structures
  6. Sentence Building with Prepositional Phrases - Combining Sentences with Prepositional Phrases

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