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I am doing my English homework right now. Normally, on homework like this, I would just sacrifice a few points and guess, but I am absent minded. I did two homework assignments ahead of time, forgot to put them in the binder, and now I am down to an 85. I need every point I can get before the semester ends.

I need to find each prepositional phrase and underline the preposition.

"According to historians, Cortes and his small army had trouble seizing control of the empire because of the Aztec's sophisticated military organization."

"However, with the help of many enemies of the Aztecs, Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521."

"-- every ship except one."

I don't want to sound stupid, but are these correct?

Thank you
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Just to clarify, you are looking for prepositional phrases, not adverbial phrases?
AnonymousI am doing my English homework right now. Normally, on homework like this, I would just sacrifice a few points and guess, but I am absent minded. I did two homework assignments ahead of time, forgot to put them in the binder, and now I am down to an 85. I need every point I can get before the semester ends.

I need to find each prepositional phrase and underline the preposition.

"According to historians, Cortes and his small army had trouble seizing control of the empire because of the Aztecs' sophisticated military organization."

"However, with the help of many enemies of the Aztecs, Cortes conquered the Aztec empire in 1521."

"-- every ship except one."

I don't want to sound stupid, but are these correct?

Thank you

You do not sound stupid. All seem correct to me. Small correction is in yellow above.
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they are prepositional phrases, are the underlined parts, and sound fine to me.
of the empire

What is the "because" doing in the prepositional phrase? I would have thought it didn't belong, but I'm happy to learn why I'm wrong.
Hi Barb

Webster's and the American Heritage Dictionaries both list because of as a preposition. (Webster's states that the two words "function" as a preposition.) Emotion: surprise
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Knowing the definition of a preposition, I am not surprised at all.

A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence
Thank you!