Prepositions and Conjunctions Practice Exercises for English Grammar

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Updated on Aug 12, 2011

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Prepositions and Conjunctions for English Grammar

  1. In the following sentences, underscore all prepositional phrases as shown in these examples:
  2. We have worked hard all week for our cause.

    We went to the store yesterday at noon.

    1. She was treated for hepatitis by the doctor.
    2. I'm just a little girl from Little Rock.
    3. She often goes to the theater with her father.
    4. The Gardners will be at the seashore during the entire summer.
    5. I hope you reach the airport in time for the late flight.
    6. On two occasions, you have forgotten your appointment with the dentist.
    7. For all we know, life will never be the same.
    8. The trees are alive with color in the autumn.
    9. There are three people in the house who will stay for lunch.
    10. This money will be reserved for charitable purposes.
  1. In the following sentences, identify the prepositions and the objects of prepositions as shown in these examples:
  2. The surgeon operated for appendicitis.

    They went to the planetarium in time for the afternoon showing.

    1. He considers price increases a precursor of economic recession.
    2. Your enthusiasm for hard work is not the greatest.
    3. Some of my friends will not be at the next reunion.
    4. The postal service has not delivered the mail for which I have been waiting.
    5. She went to the stadium once again in dread of a boring afternoon.
    6. A symphony by Beethoven is always a fresh experience.
    7. She went from the nursery to the emergency care room.
    8. Daffodils tell us of the arrival of spring, but say nothing of how cold spring can be.
    9. Literature was one of her favorite studies, yet she was also fond of the sciences.
    10. We shall be leaving for Antarctica in a few months.
  1. In the following sentences underscore the prepositional phrases and identify the verbs, nouns, pronouns, or adjectives modified, as shown in these examples:
  2. His respect for his elders was apparent. respect (noun)

    Few of the later poems show any special qualities. Few (pronoun)

    1. During the raid three guards were wounded.   _____
    2. They lost their purses in the bus station.   _____
    3. I removed my hat as the flag passed by the reviewing stand.   _____
    4. By the end of the performance, no one was left in the audience.   _____
    5. Close to our school is a new public housing development.   _____
    6. He was rewarded for his courtesy by the old woman.   _____
    7. He took great delight in his coin collection.   _____
    8. Is this the most direct way to the hospital?   _____
    9. Elementary decency is never recognized by some people.   _____
    10. She selected her European itinerary with great care.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline the prepositional phrases as shown in these examples:
  2. He was seen smoking behind the barn.

    The laptop computer I wanted was out of stock.

    1. Throughout the term, he found her behavior utterly incomprehensible.
    2. He turned the problem into a major exercise.
    3. The Mercedes swerved past the guardrail and onto the lawn.
    4. Italian vintners are known for their inexpensive white and red wines.
    5. Across town there is a little restaurant that serves food like that of France.
    6. Your request will be granted if it is within reason.
    7. Because of his delay in paying, electrical service has been terminated.
    8. Out of the pitch black night came a creature of threatening appearance.
    9. Margaret lived near the city center, but she played no part in city life.
    10. They swept past the maître d'hôtel and demanded to be seated near the band.
    11. The actress fell off the stage and broke one of her legs.
    12. Since her husband's death, Paula had had no life of her own.
    13. If you agree, I shall go instead of you.
    14. In spite of everything you say, I am sure you had a good time.
    15. He went straight toward the bar, despite my repeated warnings.
  1. In the following sentences, supply the proper forms of the pronouns as shown in these examples:
  2. I found the child with (he)  him 

    If you won't do this for (she), (who) will you do it for?  her, whom 

    1. Do you think anyone but (she) can do it?   _____
    2. I will not go to see you if you have her with (you).   _____
    3. Shirley told him she would give the present to (we).   _____
    4. The committee decided to award the plaque to (whoever) I choose.   _____
    5. I shall go with (she) when she calls upon (they).   _____
    6. If you lack confidence in (they), why don't you say so?   _____
    7. Ruskin had admiration for (he) as a painter.   _____
    8. William addressed his letter to (she) because he knew no one else on the committee.   _____
    9. (Who) are you referring to?   _____
    10. The letter you sent has been forwarded to (I) at the address I gave (she).   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline the prepositions, if any, as shown in these examples:
  2. This has been the warmest winter since 1940.

    She has since left this part of the country.

    After her departure I have not been the same.

    1. She will not be eligible, for she has not paid taxes here.
    2. She will compete for the prize, since it represents her fondest dream.
    3. We all agreed that no one but her can even be considered.
    4. Alice began to shout for joy, but soon stopped because of her irritated throat.
    5. They have an eye for beauty, but whatever they choose to paint pleases no one with any taste.
    6. They followed closely after, but no matter how hard they tried, the thief got away.
    7. I have not seen anything of him since.
    8. After the ball was over, many a heart was broken.
    9. He followed after her dutifully, wishing nothing else but her happiness.
    10. For all we know, we may never meet again.
  1. In the following sentences, identify the italicized prepositional phrases as adverbs or adjectives as shown in these examples:
  2. She was recognized as a leader.  adverb 

    The picture in the window was stunning.  adjective 

    We dined in an elegant restaurant.  adverb 

    1. On Thursdays I dine alone in a modest restaurant, hoping to have complete privacy.  _____
    2. A house in a neighborhood that is well maintained will always appreciate in value.   _____
    3. He behaved in a manner that can charitably be described as poor taste.   _____
    4. Her attitude toward the excellent job offer staggered those of us who, like her, were usually unemployed.   _____
    5. The sailor in dress uniform sauntered into the cafe and ordered a glass of milk.   _____
    6. The traditional attitude towards graduate studies has shifted somewhat in light of increasing salaries.   _____
    7. The trees behind our school need professional care for survival.   _____
    8. Can you manage to inspect and repair our plumbing in a single visit?   _____
    9. Little in this world can be accomplished without hard work.   _____
    10. The only flaw in his solution is that he has completely overlooked the best of clues.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underscore all prepositional phrases, if any, as shown in these examples:
  2. When my clothes need laundering, I take them to the automatic laundry for quick and inexpensive washing, but I usually cannot afford to use the dryers, so I put my washed clothes on a line.

    Besides hoping, there was little I could do, since nothing was left of the money.

    1. Of all the members, she is the first I would accuse of doing such mischief.
    2. The cottage stood on a little hill behind the wall, waiting for someone to come along and buy it.
    3. Paper is wasted in offices that are equipped with copying machines.
    4. A pipe filled with good tobacco can help a lonely man.
    5. Near the farm stood three unused kilns once devoted to the making of lime.
    6. A maple tree will give sweet sap if the nights are cold and the days are warm.
    7. She stood by the firehouse, wondering whether the alarm would ring during her lunch hour so she could see how quickly the handsome firemen would respond.
    8. In the afternoons, he would walk about the city, looking for some diversion that would cheer him in his misery.
    9. The apartment was filled with smoke after the firemen stopped spraying their water on the upper floors.
    10. Once he had completed his essay, he left the library and walked home.
    11. The trees were in full leaf and looked as though they were happy that spring had come.
    12. I had to spend most of my time on chores that left little evidence of completion once they were done.
    13. Children, as we all know, often find amusement in tormenting younger children.
    14. For days on end, the pair worked to repair the damage to the sidewalk.
    15. In the afternoons, she found that the sunlight was too strong for her eyes, which were more accustomed to the subdued light of the nursing home where she worked.
  1. In the following sentences underscore the conjunctions and indicate whether they are coordinating or subordinating as shown in these examples:
  2. Helen worked as an engineer and designer, while her husband continued his graduate studies.

         coordinating, subordinating                   

    He enjoyed working on the farm, but his wife objected to the strenuous and lonely life.

          coordinating, coordinating                   
    1. Not only have we wasted our health, but we have lost the will to live.
    2. I did all this so that our children might have better lives.
    3. Since you left home, everything has been the same except for the deteriorating condition of your room and the increasing cost of feeding the family.
    4. Until you find you have work to do and responsibilities to meet, you cannot say you have reached adult status.
    5. Either the husband or the wife will have to make peace with the other, because life is much too hectic with both of them forever fighting.
    6. When you decide to submit your complete manuscript, please let me know so I can arrange to have you paid.
    7. The chair you gave me has no springs or cover, yet it has a charm all of its own.
    8. Henry or Deirdre will have to be present when we select a delegate to the national convention.
    9. So there will be no misunderstanding, let me explain that we all must work together and choose our words carefully in addressing one another.
    10. Wherever the job takes us, we must be prepared to go, without complaining or claiming that we were kept in the dark.
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