Prepositional Phrases

Improve your knowledge of some of the most important and common combinations of prepositions used in English. These phrases are in standard usage and can not be altered. They are used to connect, explain and show the relationship between ideas and things. Each short phrase is used once. Click on the arrow to check your answer.

Exercise # 1

  • according to
  • because of
  • in common with
  • instead of
  • apart from
  • by means of
  • in favour of
  • on behalf of
  • as for
  • in case of
  • I’d rather have tea — instead of vodka.
  • — In case of bad weather, the trip will be postponed to next week.
  • — On behalf of my fellow employees, I would like to thank management for all they have done to improve our situation.
  • We finally solved our problem — by means of a new device created by our research and development department.
  • — As for me, I will be happy to dedicate a few extra hours to the cause.
  • You will have to remember that, — apart from Hania, no one wants to work on this problem.
  • How can they be going out?! Joanna has nothing — in common with Peter.
  • — According to Magda, they won’t finish the project until the end of next week.
  • I’m all — in favor of helping out the poor when in need.
  • We will have to postpone our trip — because of the bad weather.

Exercise # 2

  • at the latest
  • at short notice
  • under control
  • for ages
  • at a profit / loss
  • by far
  • for better or worse
  • under her thumb
  • by heart
  • for a change
  • at most
  • by the time
  • at last
  • for instance
  • There are many things you can do to get in shape. — For instance , you can go to the local swimming pool.
  • — By the time he finishes the projections, we’ll have done the necessary research to complete the project.
  • She’s very pleased that they were able to sell their flat — at a profit .
  • The situation is horrible here. Things are going — from bad to worse .
  • He’s been living in Poland — for ages .
  • You can trust Joanna to have everything — under control .
  • Those customers are — by far the most demanding we’ve ever had.
  • Unfortunately, I might have to leave for Boston — at short notice .
  • — For better or worse , you’re just going to have to try and get along with your new boss.
  • It’ll cost Ł500 — at most .
  • I think we’ll go to the mountains this year — for a change .
  • They learned all their lines for the play — by heart .
  • They should arrive by six o’clock — at the latest .
  • You’ve arrived — at last !

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