Recognizing Prepositions [Logo]
The following paragraph is taken from Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Click on the prepositions in the order in which they appear and they will appear in the text-area below the paragraph. For the purposes of this exercise, consider only those prepositions which begin prepositional phrases. You don't have to type anything, but you can click in the text-area to delete any mistakes. Some prepositions will be used more than once. When you are finished, compare the list you have prepared to the prepositions in "Grammar's List."

        Francis Macomber had, half an hour before, been carried to his tent from the edge of the camp in triumph on the arms and shoulders of the cook, the personal boys, the skinner and the porters. The gun-bearers had taken no part in the demonstration. When the native boys put him down at the door of his tent, he had shaken all their hands, received their congratulations, and then gone into the tent and sat on the bed until his wife came in. She did not speak to him when she came in and he left the tent at once to wash his face and hands in the portable wash basin outside and go over to the dining tent to sit in a comfortable canvas chair in the breeze and the shade.


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