Prepositional Phrases – IN


Prepositional phrases are groups of words containing prepositions. A prepositional phrase is a group of words that lacks either a verb or a subject, and that functions as a unified part of speech. It normally consists of a preposition and a noun or a preposition and a pronoun.

Here, you can see prepositional phrases with “in”.

The following list contains examples of prepositional phrases; the prepositional phrase in each sentence is colored for easy identification.

in a good/bad mood He seems to be in a bad mood today.
in a hurry We make mistakes if we do things in a hurry.
in a mess My son leaves his room in a mess.
in a way You should behave in a way that other people should copy.
in action The man was killed in action.
in addition (to) In addition to English, I speak Spanish very well.
in advance (of) Thank you in advance.
in agreement (with) Many scientists are in agreement with each other on that matter.
in any case You should be able to catch a bus, but in any case you can always take a taxi home.
in brief Today’s World news in brief.
in case (+ clause) I will not drive by my car in case it snows.
in case of (+ noun) In case of first aid, don’t stir injured person.
in cash She is taking 100 dollars in cash.
in charge of  My mother, as a teacher, is in charge of the third-year class.
in common (with) These women has much in common.
in comparison (with) In comparison with yours, my pencil is small.
in conclusion In conclusion, I would like to thank our guest speaker.
in confidence We are in confidence.
in control (of) The soldiers are in control of the situation.
in danger (of) They were in danger of missing their flight.
in dept Many people are up to their necks in debt nowadays.
in detail I will explain it all in detail.
in difficulty The students are in difficulty to solve the problems.
in disguise Her father was very surprised to find him in disguise.
in doubt Ask me whenever you’re in doubt.
in exchange for  They were given food and shelter in exchange for work.
in fact In fact, I was born in London.
in fashion Red is in fashion.
in favour of We are in favour of your proposal.
in front of There’s a bank in front of the station.
in future I will get married in future.
in general  I feel much better in general.
in love (with) They fell in love with each other at first sight.
in moderation Drunk in moderation, alcohol is not harmful.
in no time I will be home in no time.
in one’s free time I play basketball in my free time.
in other words He said he’s too busy, in other words, he isn’t interested.
in pain Are you in pain?
in particular Are you looking for anything in particular?
in person If you can’t be there in person, the next best thing is watching it on TV.
in practice / theory We agree with the ban in principle, but in practice it will be extremely difficult.
in prison / jail He got five years in prison.
in private / public Don’t interfere in private concerns.
in return In return for helping you with your studies, I’d like to ask a small favor of you.
in sb’s interest It may not be in your interests to change jobs so soon.
in sb’s opinion In my opinion (= I think) she’s the best swimmer we have in this country.
in season If vegetables or fruit are in season, they are delicious.
in secret For years they met in secret.
in self-defence She claimed that she had acted in self-defence.
in some respects Her behaviours have changed in some respects.
in stock We are in stock now.
in summer / winter I usually swim in summer.
in tears Linda was in tears.
in the air You built castles in the air all day.
in the beginning Things went well in the beginning.
in the dark Children don’t like to go out in the dark.
in the end In the end, I saw you.
in the habit of We don’t want the children to get in the habit of watching a lot of TV.
in the meantime Your computer won’t be arriving till Friday. In the meantime, you can use Julie’s.
in the mood for I am not in the mood for shopping.
in the mountains My house is in the mountains.
in the news There are bad things in the news.
in the nude The children were running around the garden in the nude (= not wearing any clothes).
in time I arrived in time to catch the bus.
in touch Keep in touch, please.
in town Shall I meet you in town?
in two / half I broke the chocolate in two.
in vain They looked for their lost cat, but in vain.