Sentence Correction Tips – Prepositional Phrases in common use


  • At home in : (To be adept in) : He is at home in English.
  • At  the risk of : (To be in  danger): The boys saved the drowning  child at the risk of their own lives.
  • At the mercy of : (compassionately) : The culprits are at the mercy of the authorities now.
  • At the top of : ( at the peak) : The child cried at  the top of its voice.
  • At length : (At last) : At length truth triumphs.
  • At Bottom: ( At heart ) : At bottom his father is a noble person.
  • At hand: ( near) : Work hard, the examination is at hand.
  • At Large: ( at a run)  : The police is searching the culprit but he is still at large.
  • At  the cost of : ( putting in loss of ) : He is working so hard at the cost of his health.
  • After all: (barring other things) : After all he is your elder brother, you should respect him.
  • By dint of :( through) By dint of hard work he was able to succeed in the examination.
  • By way of : ( through a route) : We went to Agra by way of Delhi.
  • By fits and starts: (Intermittently)  : He could not succeed  because he did his work by fits and starts.
  • By leaps and bounds:( Progress abundantly) : He is progressing in his business by leaps and  bounds.




  • By hook or crook : ( by fair or foul means ): He is determined  to secure this job by hook or crook.
  • For want of :(short of ): His all plans could not materialize for want of funds.
  • For lack of : (shortage of) : We could  not help him for lack of money.
  • For the sake of: ( Do for someone) : He suffered this loss for the sake of honour of his family.
  • In honour  of : (for respect of ) He hosted a party in honour of his father’s promotion.
  • In stead of : ( in place of) : Instead of accepting his fault , he started shouting at me.
  • In spite of : ( Despite)  In spite of hard work, he failed  in the examination.
  • In course of: ( During the time) :  In course of time,  all the  issues settled down.
  • In order to : ( resulting to ) : He is doing all in order to win favour of  the boss.
  • In front of : ( situated opposite to) : His  house is situated in  front  of the temple.
  • In favour of : (on the side of ) : The chairman of the committee is not in favour of selection of this candidate.
  • In case of :(if it happens) : In case of your selection for this job, you will have to move out of this city.
  • In the hope of : (expecting) : He started a new business in the hope of earning a good profit.


  • In the guise of : ( in the dress  of ): Terrorists came in the guise of   policemen.
  • On account of : ( due to ): Our office is closed today on account of Holi.
  • On the ground of : ( Due to ) He is on leave today on the ground of his illness.
  • On behalf of : ( on account of ) :  I thanked the shopkeeper on behalf of my brother.
  • On the eve of : ( on the occasion of) : He hosted a party on the eve of his  promotion.
  • Up to the mark: ( not of expected level) : His performance is not up to the mark.
  • Underway: ( in the process) :  The bridge is still under way.
  • With open arms : (warm welcome) : People welcomed the leader with open arms wherever he visited.
  • With a view to: (with a purpose of) They hosted a dinner to him with a view to win his favour.




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