Common prepositional phrases

Prepositional phrases begin with a preposition. Here is a list of some common prepositional phrases. Note that this is not a comprehensive list.


At first

At least

At most

At times

At any rate

At last

At the latest

At once

At an advantage / disadvantage

At a profit / loss

At the cinema / at the theatre / at a party / at university


By accident

By far

By all means

By heart

By chance

By mistake

By the way

By the time

By no means

By name

By sight

By now

By car / bus / train / boat / plane / land / sea / air


For instance

For example

For sale

For a while

For the moment

For ages

For a change

For better or worse


In the end

In a skirt / shirt / coat / hat etc

In time


On time

On the radio

On page

On the phone



Under no circumstances

Under the influence of

Under consideration

Under discussion

Under suspicion


Identify the prepositional phrases in the sentences given below.

1. The cat was sleeping under the warm blanket.

2. The old man sat under a tree.

3. She accused me of poisoning her dog.

4. I don’t agree with their sales policy.

5. Do you believe in life after death?

6. I belong to a local athletics club.

7. Peter walked along the busy highway.


1. Under the warm blanket; 2. Of poisoning her dog; 3. With their sales policy; 4. In life after death; 5. To a local athletics club; 6. Along the busy highway