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Punctuating Prepositional and Appositive Phrases
Wow! That’s a mouthful, eh? I guess we’d better start with definitions before we talk about punctuation.
A prepositional phrase starts with a preposition. Prepositions are words that indicate location—usually in the physical world, but they can also show location in time. Some common prepositions are in, on, behind, at, during, concerning, despite, etc. (click HERE for a complete list) A prepositional phrase looks like this:
in the morning
behind the dumpster
among the pink and blue summer wildflowers
Prepositional phrases can start a sentence. When do you need a comma then? When the phrase contains five or more words. If it contains four or fewer words, no comma is necessary, but it may…
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