IDIOMATIC PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

Idiomatic Prepositional Phrases
by no means
in favour of
in the event of
on the increase
on the face of it
in terms of
in response to
in light of
- MEANING :
not at all; certainly not.
- EXAMPLE :
The outcome is by no means guaranteed.
- SYNONYMS :
not at all, in no way, not in the
least, not in the slightest, not the
least bit, not by a long shot,
certainly not, absolutely not,
definitely not, on no account,
under no circumstances
- GRAMMAR :
usually qualifies a verb
[it goes before main verb /
after verb 'to be']
- NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH :
by ALL means = of course;
certainly (granting permission)
- MEANING :
in support of
- EXAMPLE :
Members have voted in favour of strike action.
- SYNONYMS :
on the side of, pro, for, giving
support to, giving backing to,
right behind, approving of,
sympathetic to
- GRAMMAR :
in favour of + NOUN / -ING
- MEANING :
if ______ happens
- EXAMPLE :
This will reduce the chance of
serious injury in the event of an
accident .
- SYNONYMS :
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- GRAMMAR :
in the event of + NOUN / -ING
- MEANING :
becoming greater, more common,
or more frequent
- EXAMPLE :
Fraud is on the increase.
- SYNONYMS :
increasing
spreading
expanding
escalating
multiplying
developing
on the rise
proliferating
- GRAMMAR :
TO BE + ON THE INCREASE
- MEANING :
without knowing all of the
relevant facts , apparently
- EXAMPLE :
On the face of it, these
improvements look to be
insignificant.
- SYNONYMS :
to the casual eye,
to all appearances,
to go/judge by appearances,
to all intents and purposes,
at first glance,
on the surface,
superficially
- GRAMMAR :
At the beginning of a sentence
followed by a comma
- MEANING :
with regard to the particular
aspect or subject specified
- EXAMPLE :
Replacing the printers is difficult
to justify in terms of cost.
- SYNONYMS :
with regard to
regarding
concerning
- GRAMMAR :
in terms of + NOUN / -ING
- MEANING :
as an answer or reaction to
- EXAMPLE :
I should like to make one remark,
however, in response to some of
the opinions you have expressed.
- SYNONYMS :
regarding ,
concerning
- GRAMMAR :
in response to + noun
- MEANING :
taking into account , considering
- EXAMPLE :
Of course, everything that's
known about matter and
consciousness will have to be
rethought in light of your
father's discovery.
- SYNONYMS :
taking into consideration,
considering,
taking into account,
bearing in mind,
in view of
- GRAMMAR :
in light of + NOUN
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