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Hi folks,

I would like to ask the following question: is it possible for a prepositional phrase to function as a noun in a sentence? I am thinking of the following sentence: I told her about the meeting.

My interpretation:
Subject: I
Verb: told
Direct Object: about the meeting (I told what? About the meeting. Prep: about, OOP: meeting)
Indirect Object: her (To whom did I tell? Her.)

An analogous sentence: I told her the facts.
Subject: I
Verb: told
Direct Object: the facts (I told what? The facts.)
Indirect Object: her (To whom did I tell? Her.)

It seems pretty clear to me. But I found the following in the The Writer's Digest - Grammar Desk Reference:
"However, a prepositional phrase can't function as a noun."

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance for any help that you might be able to provide.
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Comments  (Page 3) 
i don't think so, the prepositional phrase can never be a part of the subject,,because in the sentence "several of the eggs were cracked",,we are talking here about a prepositional phrase that modifies the pronoun "several,,and therefore is labeled "an adjective prepositional phrase".
What abou several ?? Isn't it the same as several of the eggs?
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Subject: I
Verb: told
Direct Object: about the meeting (I told what? About the meeting. Prep: about, OOP: meeting)
Indirect Object: her (To whom did I tell? Her.)

"about the meeting" = preposition plus noun phrase and so it is the Adjunct (adverbial phrase) rather than Object

"her" is the Direct Object.

Peter Tallon

Subject: I
Verb: told
Direct Object: about the meeting (I told what? About the meeting. Prep: about, OOP: meeting)
Indirect Object: her (To whom did I tell? Her.)

"about the meeting" = preposition plus noun phrase and so it is the Adjunct (adverbial phrase) rather than Object

"her" is the Direct Object.

I told her about the meeting.

"Her" is direct object, but there is no indirect object. The PP "about the meeting" is neither indirect object nor adjunct, but complement of "told". PPs cannot be direct objects.

Note that the NP "the meeting" is object of the preposition "about", not object of the verb.