Preposition Followed By Adjective

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Constructions with Preposition + Adjective Combinations

PrepositionsOpens in new window are often used with adjectives to create phrases that provide more information about location, time, manner, or other relationships.

Construction such as in brief, at first, in full, in private, for certain, in short, in vain, and for sure, composed of a preposition followed by an adjective, occur frequently in English.

As demonstrated in the examples below, they can occur in different positions in a sentence. These constructions often have meanings similar to adverbs (e.g., in private = privately, in vain = vainly, in full = fully, of late = lately).

  • Can I talk to you in private?
  • I tried in vain to get him to change his mind.
  • We can’t tell for certain.
  • Tell her what happened in full.
  • Of late he has been quite depressed.
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    • The Teacher's Grammar of English with Answers: A Course Book and Reference Guide Preposition + Adjective Combinations (Pg 151) By Ron Cowan.

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