Layered Prepositional Phrases

May 22, 2021

A prepositional phrase may modify the object of another prepositional phrase.

The flowers \in the pot \on the windowsill \in the kitchen \of my grandmother’s house \in Maine are violets.

The flowers are in the pot.
The pot is on the windowsill.
The windowsill is in the kitchen.
The kitchen is of my grandmother’s house.
The house is in Maine.

Doesn’t this sound like a children’s rhyme? Hint:Be careful not to use too many prepositional phrases at once because it can be confusing. Two prepositional phrases at a time are usually enough unless you are intentionally trying to layer lots of prepositional phrases.


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