*i am not a teacher
I have a question regarding the diagramming of prepositional phrases. I know that a prepositional phrase usually consists of preposition+modifier+noun, pronoun or gerund, but what about the following sentence:
Jillian likes bagels if there is butter on top of the bagel.
I know the preposition here is "on top of" and the phrase follows, but I'm stumped as to what the portion that reads "if there is butter" is. "Jillian" is the subject, "likes" is the verb, but is the object here the word "bagel" or "butter"?
(1) Julian likes bagels.
(2) If there is butter on top of the bagel. = adverbial clause that tells
you under what conditions Julian likes bagels.
(3) If is a conjunction that connects two sentences:
Julian likes bagels.
+ There is butter on top of the bagel.
Most grammar books say to ignore "there" when you analyze
a sentence Thus:
is butter on top of the bagel.
Regular order: butter is on top of the bagel.
Subject= butter; verb = is; on top of the bagel = prepositional