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 English Grammar for ESL learners 


Set phrases or groups of words, introduced by a preposition with 'AT' and 'FOR'

Prepositional phrases are set phrases or groups of words introduced by a preposition.

Below are some examples of commonly-used propositional phrases with 'AT' and 'FOR', with their meaning and a sentence showing how they are used.

Preposition Prepositional phrase Meaning Example
AT At an advantage In a favourable position that makes success more likely Sophie's computer skills puts her at an advantage.
At a disadvantage In an unfavourable position that reduces the chances of success Without computer skills Eva is at a disadvantage.
At any rate anyway; anyhow Nobody knew much about the problem. At any rate Tom didn't.
At most At the maximum It will cost you 50€ at the most.
At the latest No later than The boss wants the report by Friday at the latest.
At risk In danger The house is at risk if the river overflows.
At short notice A short time beforehand I can't change the arrangements at (such) short notice.
FOR For ages For a long time I haven't been downtown for ages!
For a change To do something different Let's go hiking for a change.
For the sake of For the purpose of; in the interest of They stayed together for the sake of their children.
For instance To give an example John works late. For instance, yesterday he left the office at 9 pm.
For now Until a later time That's all the information we have for now.
For sale/rent/hire Something offered to people to buy/rent/hire ... That red car is for sale.
For better or worse Whatever the consequences Anyway, I accepted the job, for better or worse.

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