Phrasal Prepositions


Phrasal prepositions are combinations of verbs and prepositions that function as a single unit to convey a specific meaning.

Here are some common phrasal prepositions with examples:


According to: Used to indicate the source or reference of information.

According to the weather forecast, it will rain tomorrow.


Ahead of: In front of or before in time or position.

She arrived ahead of schedule.


Apart from: Except for or besides.

Apart from John, everyone else is coming to the party.


As to: Concerning or regarding.

I’m not sure as to his whereabouts.


As far as: To the extent or degree that.

As far as I know, the meeting is still on.


Because of: Due to or as a result of.

The game was canceled because of the rain.


But for: Except for or if it were not for.

But for your help, I would have failed.


By means of: Using or with the help of.

He fixed the machine by means of a simple tool.


In addition to: Besides or as well as.

In addition to English, she speaks Spanish fluently.


In front of: Located before or facing something.

The car parked in front of the house is mine.


In spite of: Despite or notwithstanding.

In spite of the difficulties, they completed the project on time.


In case of: In the event of or if it happens that.

In case of emergency, call 911.


As compared with/In comparison with: Used to show a contrast or comparison between two things.

His salary is low as compared with others in his field.


In conformity with: In agreement or accordance with.

The design is in conformity with the regulations.


In consequence of: As a result of.

In consequence of the storm, many trees were knocked down.


In front of: Located before or facing something.

The car parked in front of the house is mine.


Instead of: In place of or as a substitute for.

I had tea instead of coffee this morning.


In the event of: If something happens or in case.

In the event of a fire, use the emergency exits.


In view of: Taking into consideration or considering.

In view of recent developments, we need to reassess our plan.


On behalf of: As a representative of or in the interest of.

I am writing this letter on behalf of the committee.


On top of: On the upper surface of.

She found her keys on top of the dresser.


Out of: No longer in possession or availability of.

I’m out of coffee, so I need to buy more.


Owing to: Because of or on account of.

The delay was owing to heavy traffic.


Subject to: Depending on or contingent upon.

The sale is subject to approval by the board.


Thanks to: Because of or as a result of.

Thanks to your help, we finished the project early.


Up to: In the direction of or as far as.

You can go up to the mountain peak.


With regard to: Concerning or in reference to.

With regard to your question, I think it’s important to consider all options.



These are just a few examples of common phrasal prepositions. There are many more in the English language, and they are used to add nuance and detail to the relationships between words in sentences.









Phrasal Prepositions

Preposition – “Without”

Prepositions -“For”, “During”, “In”, and “Within” to compare

Preposition – “Within”

Prepositions “With” and “By” to compare

Preposition – “Towards”

Preposition – “Through”