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.

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Hello.

''Stay put'' looks like a pharsal verb, but ''put'' is not a preposition. How is this whole thing called?

When is apostrophe used after preposition of?

A photo of Tom's but the complete plays of Laura.

Thank you.

Hello MCWSL,

'Stay put' is an idiomatic expression meaning to stay where one is ('stay here'/'stay there'). As an idiomatic expression we do not break it up into its constituent parts; it is fixed, other than for shifts in tense.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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what is diff. between OVER and ABOVE

Hello pyramid.org,

You can find definitions and examples for these words in any online dictionary which should show you the different ways in which they are used. I'm afraid we can't give long lists of all the different uses of words like this. We can answer specific questions, however, if there is an example which you have in mind, for example.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
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.
Regards,
Petals

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,
Kirk
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.

Regards,

Hello Petals,

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

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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