Continuing: The World Cup and Prepositions

Today I’m continuing the post about Prepositions, which I started on .  (The World Cup and Prepositions)

In that post, I explained the following:

Now, let’s look at another rule about prepositions:

  • PREPOSITION + NOUN = ADVERB

Look at this sentence:

Sherry walked to the beach after lunch.

 The answer to “Where?” is an adverb. (Sometimes called an adverbial,  adverb clause, or an adverb phrase.)

Question: Where did Sherry go?   Answer: To the beach.

Sherry walked to the beach after lunch.

to + the beach = adverb  (preposition: to     noun: the beach)

Sherry walked to the market near the beach after lunch.

to + the market = adverb       near + the beach = adverb

This photo was taken AT Conrad Jupiters Casino IN Broadbeach, Qld. Australia. It was taken BEFORE the show started. Olivia is standing BETWEEN the two showgirls.

This photo was taken AT Conrad Jupiters Casino IN Broadbeach, Qld. Australia. It was taken BEFORE the show started. Olivia is standing BETWEEN the two showgirls.

The answer to “When?” is an adverb.

Question: When did Sherry go?   Answer: After lunch.

 Sherry walked to the market near the beach after lunch.

after + lunch = adverb

There are three adverbs/adverbials in this sentence:

Sherry walked … Where?to the market

                                 Where?near the beach

                                  When?after lunch.          

Sherry walked to the market near the beach after lunch.

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There are more rules about prepositions and adverbs, but the above rules are a good start. If you would like to learn more about Adverbs, the following Website provides helpful definitions and practice exercises:

ESL About.Com

If you would like to learn about Adverb Clauses, the following Websites provide helpful rules and examples:

ESL About.Com

Bogglesworld.Com

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