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Prepositional Phrases

     Occasionally you will find prepositional phrases that have verbs as their objects. Many of them will be simple and should give you no problem:

They could easily walk on the ice {without slipping}.

Others are a little more complicated:

Sam was talking {about visiting Tom}.

Note that if we ask "Sam was talking about what?" the answer here is "about visiting Tom." As usual, you should keep in mind what the sentence means.

     Sometimes prepositional phrases can be very complicated, but remember that you are expected to make mistakes, and it is precisely these complicated phrases that you are expected to miss. As you continue to study sentence structure and learn more constructions, these complicated phrases will also make sense.