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,
Could you please clarify which preposition is correct in this sentence please? "his leather is made of / from leather? i don't understand the different between made of and made from. thank you.

Hello Widescreen,

'made of' is usually used to refer to the particular material that something is made of, e.g. 'This table is made of wood'. 'made from' usually indicates a more radical transformation of the material, e.g. 'Paper is made from trees'. If you had a bag and the material of the bag was leather, it would be more appropriate to say 'My bag is made of leather'.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk, thank you for your reply. You used "made of" for the bag int he example but does the rule apply for clothes (i.e. jacket) as well ? I ve read in one of the dictionary and they say for clothes we use" made from" for example the jacket is made from leather. Is this correct please ?

Hello Widescreen,

Generally, we use made of when the material has not been changed:

The table is made of wood.

My sweater is made of wool.

 

We use made from when the material has been changed by mixing it with other materials or treating it by some industrial or chemical process:

Paper is made from wood.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi again

which one is correct?

1.on FIFA world cup
2.in FIFA world cup
3.at FIFA world cup

or any other events like World cup e.g. The US Open (Tennis)

and is there any different if we mention the year? , at/in/ on FIFA World Cup 2018,

Thanks in advance

Hello ihsan_qwerty,

We would say 'at the (FIFA) World Cup' and 'at the US Open'. We would not use 'in' or 'on' in this context.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sir,
Phrase prepositions , also known as Complex prepositions are said to consist more than one word but are used with the force of a single preposition.
Example: according to, on behalf of etc.
As far as my knowledge goes a prepositional phrase must have an object to the preposition.
Example : according to my instructions ( 'instruction' being the object of 'according to')
My query is whether we can have a prep phrase without an object , thus making it synonymous to phrase preposition...
Kind of confused...

Hello amrita_enakshi,

Prepositions require objects, though if the context is very clear then the object may be implied.

A phrase preposition is the same as any preposition, other than being formed from more than one word. It still requires an object.

A prepositional phrase contains the object within it. For example, in the prepositional phrase 'with her friend' we have a preposition ('with') and its object ('her friend').

You can form a prepositional phrase with a preposition and an object or a phrase preposition and an object. Thus you can say 'with her friend' and you can also say 'along with her friend'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir.

Hello sir,
Is there any difference between a 'phrase preposition ' and a 'prepositional phrase' ?

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