Two or more words habitually thrown together and ending with a simple preposition may be called Phrase prepositions or Prepositional phrases.
Some Prepositional Phrases: by means of, because of, in front of, in spite of, on account of, with regard to, on behalf of, instead of, in the place of, etc.
Prepositional Phrases Examples
- He was absent because of his illness.
- The accident occurred in front of the house.
- He succeeded by means of hard work.
- He made his allegation in opposition to the proposal.
- He could not pay his debts on account of the shortage of funds.
- He has selected mechanics instead of mathematics.
- This was said with reference to his election.
- You will get books in lieu of the medal.
- A new teacher has been appointed in the place of Rambabu.
- He has gone to Darjeeling with a view to writing a new book.
- This meeting will not be held in the event of his not coming.
Prepositional Phrases List
- On the Brink of -The country is on the brink of disaster.
- On the eve of -The whole family assembled on the eve of her marriage.
- On the face of – On the face of it, the country seems prosperous.
- On the ground of – His application was rejected on the ground of his being below age.
- On the pretense of – On the pretense of being a student, he acted as a spy in the USA.
- With a view to – He went to North India with a view to visiting various places of pilgrimage.
- By dint of – He did well in the examination by dint of regular study.
- In agreement with – I am not in agreement with him on this matter.
- In comparison with – In comparison with Rabindranath, most of the other poets are very ordinary.
- In connection with – I met him in connection with my application for a teaching post.
- In consequence of – The study of the students suffered in consequence of the teacher’s long absence.
- In consideration of – He was pardoned in consideration of his tender age.
- In course of – This topic was raised in course of our conversation.
- In keeping with – His actions are in keeping with his words.
- In quest of – He went to Delhi in quest of a better job.
- In view of – In view of his physical weakness, he was given a light job.
- In spite of – He is quarrelling again in spite of repeated warnings.
- In the event of – In the event of Mr Sen’s absence, Mr Mitra is to preside over the meeting.
- In the interest of – He always worked in the interest of the entire village.
- In the teeth of – He kept his conviction even in the teeth of strong opposition.
- In the light of – In the light of newly received facts, the charges brought against him were proved to be false.
- In order to – In order to succeed you have to work hard.
- In pursuance of – In pursuance of your advice, I have rewritten the essay.
- In the middle of – He left the room in the middle of the discussion.
- In proportion to – Profits should be shared in proportion to the investments made.
- In praise of – He wrote a poem in praise of Kalidasa.
- In pursuit of – He devoted all his energy in pursuit of success.
- On account of – I could not accept your invitation on account of my illness.
- Owing to – He could not reach his office on time owing to the late running of trains.
- On the verge of – The patient is on the verge of death.
- On default of – You will be arrested on default of payment.
- Instead of – My brother went there instead of me.
- On behalf of – I signed the receipt on behalf of my father.
- Due to – His absence was due to his ill health.
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