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Prepositional phrases


I would like to ask question when it comes to prepositional phrases. Here is my question.
What does it mean "at a pinch"? what kind of situation do I have to use that phrase?

What I understand prepositional phrase is a combination with preposition and noun or object.

E.g by accident, on purpose , in common
So, can I also call 'by car' is prepositional phrase?
What is the definition of prepositional phrase?

 

Could you explain to me, please?

I'm a little bit confused.

Jan 22, 2015 2:41 AM
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A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition (at, in, before, after, until) and usually ends in a noun or pronoun. Simple examples are: Before midnight, After the show.


Such a phrase answers the questions: Which? How? When? Where?

 

Yes, By car is a prepositional phrase.

 

In the U.S. we say "in a pinch". It means you are using a less than ideal substitute for something.

 

In a pinch you can use a newspaper for an umbrella.

 

In a pinch put plastic bags over you feet to keep your shoes dry.

January 23, 2015
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