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 English Grammar for ESL learners 


PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

Set phrases or groups of words introduced by the prepositions 'WITHIN' and 'WITHOUT'


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

Below are some examples of commonly-used propositional phrases with 'WITHIN' and 'WITHOUT', with their meaning and a sentence showing how they are used.

Preposition Prepositional phrase Meaning Example
WITHIN Within earshot Close enough to be heard or to hear. He made sure the boss was not within earshot before speaking.
Within grasp Possible to reach or achieve. Victory is within grasp for our team now.
Within limits To a certain extent. I agree with the proposal, within limits.
Within reason What is fair or reasonable. I will examine all offers within reason.
Within one's rights What you are morally or legally entitled to do You were quite within your rights to refuse the new conditions.
Within reach Close enough to be touched. I like to keep a dictionary within reach.
Within walking distance Close enough to reach on foot. The station is within walking distance from my home.
WITHOUT Without (a) doubt Definitely true The author is without doubt one of the greatest writers of all time.
Without delay Immediately or very soon We must find a solution without delay.
Without exception In all cases, with no exclusions. All the houses, without exception, were damaged in the storm.
Without fail Happens always; invariably. She calls her parents every Sunday evening without fail.
Without question Certainly; undoubtedly. He is without question the best coach we have ever had.
Without reason Unjustifiably; for no reason. You can be fired without reason.
Without so much as Not even doing something She left without so much as a backward glance.
Without warning Unexpectedly; by surprise. The chairman resigned without warning.

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