Prepositional Phrases/Idioms #1

Prepositional Phrases/Idioms #1

In the English language, a prepositional phrase is a group of words that begins with a preposition. The object of a prepositional phrase is to function as an adjective or adverb.

In the sentence “I’ve paid this bill twice by mistake.”, by mistake is a prepositional phrase. In this example, the prepositional phrase by mistake is functioning as an adverb. It is modifying the verb “paid”.

Word

1

out of hand

If a person or situation gets out of hand they are in an unruly or unmanageable state or manner; out of control

His tardiness is out of hand.

Word

2

for lack of

not having (the thing specified)

For lack of anything else to say, she closed her eyes and went to sleep.

Word

3

for ages

a very long time

I haven’t seen you for ages.

Word

4

under the impression

If you are under the impression of something you have the assumption or belief (that something is true).

Oh I’m sorry! I was under the impression that you would finish painting the house by Friday.

Word

5

without a hitch

If something happens without a hitch, nothing at all goes wrong.

We arrived at our destination without a hitch.

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