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Help me identify prepositional phrase, verbal phrase, or clause?

Treat the brackets as if they did not exist in the sentences, but help me identifying if whatever between the brackets are a prepositional phrase, verbal phrase, or clause please.

Many books today tell you , but the man gave us the original self-help book .

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From your list, I would pick prepositional phrase, though I would say it was an adjectival phrase qualifying ‘books’.

Again, verbal phrase, but I would say noun phrase, acting as object of ‘tell’.

That’s a clause, as it contains a finite verb ‘gave’. Dependent adverb clause of time, modifying ‘gave’ [the man gave].


I’m excellent with grammar and 100% sure about this answer.

is a prepositional phrase because it includes a preposition and its object. It relates “books” to “market” with the preposition “on.”

is a verbal phrase because it includes an infinitive “to be.” An infinitive is just one of the several kinds of verbal phrases.

is a clause because it contains a verb “gave” and the subject of that verb “he.” All clauses contain both a subject and a verb.


Prepositional Phrase: on the market (on is the preposition)

Clause: when he gave us the Bible, how to be a good friend

A verbal phrase must have a verb and a preposition in the phrase. “go out”, “take down”, etc.


5 years ago
Notes: CL: clause PP: prepositional phrase VP: Verbal phrase The followings are prepositions: during, to, with, of, in,for clause: if it has Subject + Verb [optional: OBJECT] or begins with “that”, “as ..” verbal clause: VERB+ing , but friendship is especially important . You are making the change from dependent child , and . will also help you later . since it is easier when you have a friend to do it , you develop a feeling of “i guess I’m OK, .” The man emphasizes the importance . He tells us .. Friends are also necessary

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