Prepositional Phrase Reference


Prepositional phrases are set phrases that are introduced by prepositions. These set phrases are also often used with specific verbs. The placement of prepositional phrases are often placed at the end of sentences. Here are some examples:

He learned the play by heart.
The company had to sell the property at a loss.
We decided to move to New York for better or worse.

Other prepositional phrases can also be placed at the beginning of sentences.

From my point of view, I’d say we need to change our provider.
By the way, Tom told me he would come over this afternoon.
From now on, let’s try to talk once a week on the phone.

It’s important to learn prepositional phrases as they are used to connect ideas as well as modify verbs. Prepositional phrases often have opposite forms such as at most / least, at a profit / loss, for better / worse, under obligation / no obligation, etc.

Here is a reference sheet of some of the most common prepositional phrases arranged by preposition:

at first
at least
at most
at times
at any rate
at last
at the latest
at once
at short notice
at an advantage
at a disadvantage
at risk
at a profit / loss
by accident
by far
by all means
by heart
by chance
by and by
by the way
by the time
by no means
by name
by sight
by now
by then
for now
for instance
for example
for sale
for a while
for the moment
for ages
for a change
for better or worse
from now on
from then on
from bad to worse
from my point of view
from what I understand
from personal experience
under age
under control
under the impression
under guarantee
under the influence of
under obligation
under no obligation
under suspicion
under his thumb
under discussion
under consideration
without fail
without notice
without exception
without someone’s consent
without success
without warning

Now test your understanding of these prepositional phrases by taking these prepositional phrase quizzes:

Try Prepositional Phrases Quiz – 1

Try Prepositional Phrases Quiz – 2

Try Prepositional Phrases Quiz – 3


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