067 preposition and noun combinations with “at”

067 preposition and noun combinations with “at”

Preposition “at” and noun combinations

Hi there, Andrew here again for another episode of the Art of Business English. Today I want to share with you some preposition and word combinations that use the preposition AT. These combinations will make a great addition to your vocabulary and of course they will help you to be more descriptive, as well as better understand us natives.

This week I have divided the episode into four main parts. We will be looking at the following:

  1. What are prepositions + word combinations
  2. A list of some common combinations with “at”
  3. The translation for these combinations
  4. Some sample sentences in use

Ok, let’s get started by looking at what are prepositions and word combinations


Prepositions + noun combinations

As will become apparent, these structures lead with a preposition and are then followed by a noun. It’s a simple as that. Most people are more familiar with phrasal verbs, dependent prepositions and verbs followed by prepositions. This seems to be the most common focus, however, preposition + noun combinations are also very important.

I have done many episodes on collocations and dependent prepositions; however, we need to also look at the flip side of these.

As with collocations and phrasal verbs the meaning doesn’t really hold if we separate these two elements. Let me demonstrate with an example. Let’s take the preposition + noun example of “At once”. Together this means, immediately. So, if I say to you, I want you to come to my office at once, then I am telling you to come to my office now and to not wait a minute longer.

If we split these two, then alone they have different meaning. At, is a preposition of place and once, is an adverbial time expression. Put them together and they take on new meaning. Reverse the order of the words, once at, and they don’t make sense.

So, as you can see, preposition + noun combinations are very important to know, learn and understand.

Let’s take a look at a bunch of those that start with “at”.

Final thoughts

Well, I would just like to thank you all for joining me. I really hope this episode has provided you with lots of value and that you have learnt something new and are ready to put some of these expressions into practice.

Don’t forget to send me your emails with any questions you may have. A couple of things before I go, if you haven’t already downloaded your copy of our 500 business collocations eBook for everyday use then don’t wait, it is full of great expressions and examples. Secondly, if you’re interested in becoming an AOBE member then head over and get your annual membership, there are many benefits, free transcript downloads, quizzes and weekly coaching classes online. Finally, stay tuned for some up and coming courses which I am working on.

Well, that is all I have time for you today, I hope you have a great week and I look forward to having you all next week on the AOBE podcast, take care and bye for now.

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Andrew Ambrosius is the Director of Castells Immerscom and The Art of Business English. A specialist in Business English training and online course development.

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