identifying prepositional phrases?

"Put your coat on a hook by the back door"

is phrase "on a hook" a adverd phrase that modifies the verb "Put" or a adjective phrase that modifies the noun "coat"?

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  • 8 years ago
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    If it were an adjective, it would describe the coat. Can you buy or do you have a coat on a hook? No. "On a hook" modifies "put," so it's an adverbial prepositional phrase.

    Put your coat with the red buttons on the hook. "With the red buttons" is adjectival; it describes the coat.

    "By the back door" describes the hook, so it is also an adjectival prepositional phrase.

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