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 rastak keen,

The correct answer for that is a). Please note that our main purpose here is to help users learn from the content on our site. We also answer other questions from time to time, but they should mostly have something to do with the grammar or content on the page. 

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Kirk
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Dear Sir
He is flying to London. He flew for London.
I think the above sentences are gramatically correct.
Can't I say 'he flew to London.' Is it wrong then? Could you explain this to me please? I was told 'to' means direction and 'for' location.
Thank you.

Dear Sir
Please tell me whether the following are correct.
over the phone
over the telephone
on the telephone
We usually hear 'on the phone'
Thank you.
Andrew int

Dear Sir
Thank you very much for giving a clear answer. Now it is very clear. Many thanks.
Andrew int.

Hello andrew international,

Although we're happy to help our users with problems related to the page content, we can't provide a 'check these sentences' service, I'm afraid - particularly when there are several such questions a day!

There is no difference between phone and telephone.

We use both 'over' and 'on' to mean 'by phone', but we also use 'on the phone' to mean 'on the line'. In other words, you can talk over the phone/on the phone, but you can only be on the phone (not be over the phone).

 

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Peter

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Can the word 'out' be used as preposition or 'out of' is used in place of it?

Hello surendra kumar,

It is unusual for 'out' to be used as a preposition in modern English, but it is possible:

Careful! You don't want to fall out the window!

More often, however, we use 'out of', as you say:

Careful! You don't want to fall out of the window!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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Dear Sir
Please explan this to me.
Which is your best, tea or coffee?
Can we use 'best with two nouns?
Thank you.
Regards
Lal

Hi Andrew. I wonder if your context of asking this question is, for example, in a cafe or restaurant and they ask you what drink you would like to order. In this case I can see why you would want to ask, "which is better, your tea or your coffee?", or if you went into a bar and found yourself with a choice of two unknown alcoholic beveragesm you might well ask, "which is better, this one or that one?" or "which is best, this one or that one?" Usually you would say "which is better", when there are only two items, I think, because one might be better than the other, so you choose a comparative, although it would not be wrong to query which is best, using a superlative. Yes, even with only two nouns, one can be better than the other or one is worse, but you can also refer to which of them is best and worst.

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