Diagramming Sentences

Sentence Diagrams

~ One Way of Learning English Grammar ~

The Anatomy of a Sentence

Part 2

 
Every year on the afternoon of December 24, you, a Christmas procrastinator, loaded down with sacks and boxes, walk from store to store, down endless aisles, your eyes scanning windows and racks to find the perfect presents for Mom, Grandpa, and Uncle Joe, but since you know in your heart of hearts that Uncle Joe will appreciate nothing you give him and that you will capitulate to necessity and buy Grandpa a fifth of Seagramís, you concentrate on Mom, as you move into the aisle that you hope to be able to call the final stop of this holiday season.
The words to, from, and on are prepositions. Prepositional phrases consist of prepositions and their objects; thus, from store, to store, and on Mom are prepositional phrases. These prepositional phrases are adverbial in nature because they modify verbs. On the other hand, the prepositional phrase in the sentence The man on the roof is your father is adjectival because it modifies the noun man.
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