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.




Thanks a lot

Thanks for the explaining. I have another query. Is the use of 'with' correct in the following sentence?
He is known for his work with black holes and relativity.


Hi naghmairam,

Generally we use 'work on' when referring to the topic or subject of research. We use 'with' when describing collaboration with people:


He is best known for his work with Professor Smith on the mass and composition of Oort Cloud objects.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish

I read the following sentence on an online dictionary. I could not understand the usage of 'on' here. Could you please explain?
I got a job on a newspaper.

Hello naghmairam,

'on' means 'with' here. Like you, I would use 'with', but 'on' is often used to refer to teams of people (e.g. 'She works on the news team of The Guardian') and I expect that was the idea here.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello BC,
I have a book called "Oxford English practice grammar" by George Yule and I happened to come across a pretty strange sentence: "Among the dishes featured will be Saucy Tofu"
May I ask why "Among the dishes" can be a subject here?

Hello doanquangtrung51,

We generally do not comment on explanations and examples from elsewhere - the best person to ask such a question is the author or the publisher of the book.

The subject here is 'Saucy Tofu'. What is confusing you is the unusual word order, which is a rhetorical device rather than a grammatical issue. You can rephrase the sentence as follows: Saucy Tofu will be among the dishes featured.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello British Council!
In the sentence: He has been ill ____ a fortnight, will it be since or for? Could you please explain when we should use these two words?

Hello AK,

We use 'since' with a point in time. For example:

since Thursday

since I was a child

since you saw him

since 4.30 this morning


We use 'for' with a period of time. For example:

for six weeks

for a decade

for my whole life


In your example, 'fortnight' represents a period of time and so 'for' is needed.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team