A prepositional phrase is made up of a preposition and a noun phrase. We use prepositional phrases for many purposes, for example:

- as adverbials of time and place:

We will be back in a few days.
They drove to Glasgow

.- as a postmodifier in a noun phrase:

Helen is the girl in the red dress
We’ve got a new television with a thirty one inch screen.

- to show who did something:

The lion was killed by the hunter
I saw a wonderful painting by Van Gogh

- with double object verbs like give and get:

We gave five pounds to the woman on the corner.
They got a drink for me.

- after certain verbs, nouns and adjectives:

The book belongs to me.
I had an argument with my brother.
I feel sorry for you.




Hello there,

I often get very confused between the correct usage of 'for' or 'of' in a sentence.

Please can you let me know when to use 'for' or 'of.'

For example, in the following sentence whether I should be using 'for' or 'of' or both can be used without changing the meaning of the sentence:

Due to the high demand for/of this product and the way that the supply chain works, there is a real need for supply chain flexibility to ensure continuous supply.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.

Hello SK,

Prepositions are used quite irregularly in English, so I'm afraid there's no simple set of rules that will tell you how they are used in all situations. Like many other words, prepositions are used in patterns, i.e. they go with certain words in certain situations. These are called 'collocations'. In this case, I'd recommend using 'for', but also that you look up 'demand' in a good dictionary (e.g. see this Cambridge Dictionary entry for 'demand' - be sure to read all of them) so that you can study what prepositions are used with it.

A concordancer such as the British National Corpus can also be useful for this, though it's not as easy to use. If you go to this concordancer, write 'high demand' in the box and press 'Find matching strings', then press the link 'high demand', you'll see examples of how these two words go together in many different texts. I'm sure you'll see 'for' after many of them, and reading through these examples should help you.

Good luck!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please explain the difference between parts of, parts in and parts to something.
E.g. there are three parts to/of/in the book.

Hi Petals,

'parts to' tends to be used when you want to stress the whole rather than the parts, though I'm afraid this idea won't help you much. The best thing I can recommend is that you look up 'parts to', 'parts of' and 'parts in' in a concordancer, e.g. the British National Corpus. If you look up, for example, 'parts to' and then press 'Find matching strings' and then press the link 'PARTS TO', you'll see a list of many sentences with 'parts to' in them. If you compare the three, you can see how they are used.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you.
I have one more question. How should I position the word 'more' in the following : it is concerned more with X than Y ,or it is more concerned with X than Y.


Hello Petals,

You're welcome. Both of those phrasings are equally correct, with little or no difference in meaning.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks again for your prompt reply.
If I can ask you one more question, I know 'I liked neither x nor y '
Is correct but can I also use the following:
I never liked x nor y
I never liked x or y
I never liked x and y
If they are correct, how does the meaning change ?


What does "off ter live" mean ?. The context is the following :
'S-s-sorry,' sobbed Hagrid, taking out a large spotted
handkerchief and burying his face in it. 'But I c-c-can't stand it -
Lily an' James dead - an' poor little Harry off ter live with Muggles

Hello Pasindu,

In this and many other passages which represent how Hagrid speaks, Rowling uses non-standard spelling to show Hagrid's non-standard accent. The standard form here would be: 'poor little Harry [is going] off to live with Muggles'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Mr.kirk