Prepositional phrases: Definition by The Cambridge Dictionary


A combination of a preposition and a noun or pronoun.


Our view on the issue:

More accurately, a prepositional phrase is a combination of a preposition, or various prepositions, and a noun or pronoun that in the majority of cases, modify the meaning of a noun or verb. The prepositions can include at, for, in, on, out.

How to learn them?

The most effective way to learn these prepositional phrases is in context by coming up with your own example sentences.


Prepositional phrases with at:

  • at a distance
  • at a glance
  • at a guess
  • at a loss
  • at all costs
  • at fault
  • at first sight
  • at hand
  • at home
  • at issue
  • at large
  • at least
  • at length
  • at liberty
  • at most
  • at night
  • at noon
  • at onsight
  • at once
  • at one time
  • at peace
  • at risk
  • at school
  • at speed
  • at that age
  • at the age of
  • at the bottom of
  • at the door
  • at the end (of)
  • at the minute
  • at the moment
  • at the weekend
  • at times
  • at university
  • at war
  • at work



Fill in the gaps with ONE WORD and ask and answer with a partner


  1. Do you prefer to stay at a ________ from trouble at ________?
  2. Do you ever drive at ________?
  3. Are you currently having a good time at ________?
  4. Are you busy at the ________?
  5. Did you have a partner at the ________ of 18?
  6. Can you find a lot of time to study at the ________?
  7. Is your job currently at ________?
  8. What do you usually do at the ________?
  9. Do you exercise at ________ once a week?
  10. Can you make a first impression at a ________?



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