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Hi everyone, welcome to this week episode of The Art of Business English. Today we have the second instalment of my mini-series on prepositional phrases that you will definitely find useful for business. This time I will teach you some which include the preposition “in”.

If you haven’t already watched episode 1 of the mini-series, then you can review it here.

Remember that a prepositional phrase consists of a preposition and the noun or noun substitute that is its object, and that most of the time, a prepositional phrase modifies a verb or a noun.

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In anticipation of

Meaning:

Expecting that something will happen or that someone will arrive.

Example:

“We are revising the proposal in anticipation of some expected price increases.”

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In time

Meaning:

Early enough.

Example:

“What we want is for this quote to be ready in time for the upcoming RFQ round.”

In answer to

Meaning:

As a response.

Example:

“In answer to your request we are sending a catalogue.”

In arrears

Meaning:

Owing money that should have been paid already.

Example:

“The company renting our office space is already 2 months in arrears and we are starting to worry if they will be able to pay.”

In debt

Meaning:

Owing money.

Example:

“Her business collapsed, and she was left heavily in debt.”

In fairness to

Meaning:

Fairness expressions such as “in fairness to” and “in all fairness” are used when you want to add a favourable comment about someone or something that you have just mentioned and to correct a false impression that you might have given.

Example:

“In fairness to Bates, he always made it very clear that Webb was only on trial until the end of the season.”

“There is much more to be said, in all fairness, on both sides of the issue.”

In favour of

Meaning:

Supporting a person or an idea, proposal, etc. that you believe is right.

Example:

“They have come down very strongly in favour of the proposed merger.”

In good faith

Meaning:

Done sincerely and honestly.

Example:

“The company has decided, in good faith, to make an initial advanced payment 2 months before receiving the merchandise.”

In harmony (with)

Meaning:

Agreement of ideas, feelings, or actions, or a pleasing combination of different parts.

Example:

“The board of directors are in harmony with their plans to take the company public.”

In honour of

Meaning:

In order to show respect and admiration for someone or something.

Example:

“The station will have a commemorative plaque in honour of the former president of Madrid journalists.”

Final thoughts

There is my list of ten prepositional phrases with “in” for business. If you found them useful, then why not share them with your friends and followers. That way we can help more people.

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Take care till next week!

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Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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