Prepositional Phrase

The terms “essential/nonessential” NEVER apply to a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrases that are adjectives tend to be right after the word they modify; prepositional phrases that are adverbs can float around in the sentence. One prepositional phrase that just modifies rarely has punctuation. …The man in the red shirt is my dad. …The car near mine was also damaged. …We …

Prepositional Phrases

When a short prepositional phrase is a simple adverb, it is never punctuated based on essential/nonessential. When it is an adverb, it usually takes no punctuation since adverbs get to wander around in the sentence. …On Monday we visited her in the hospital. …We visited her in the hospital on Monday. …We visited her on Monday in the hospital. There …