Prepositional Phrases

French prepositions
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Syntagmes prépositionnels

A prepositional phrase, also called a compound preposition and a complex preposition, is a group of words including at least one preposition which, together, play the role of a preposition.

Par exemple…

Je vis à côté de la banque.. I live next to the bank.
C’est un problème, d’après Thomas. It’s a problem, according to Thomas.

French prepositional phrases

à cause de due to, because of
à droite de to the right of
à gauche de to the left of
à côté de next to, beside
à l’égard de regarding, in regard to
à l’extérieur de outside (of)
à l’intérieur de inside (of)
à partir de from, starting on
à propos de regarding, with regard to
au bout de after, at the end of
au contraire de unlike
au cœur de in the heart of
au coin de in the corner of
au-dessous de below, underneath
au-dessus de higher than, above
au lieu de instead of, rather than
au niveau de at the level of, as far as
au sein de in the heart of
au sujet de about, on the subject of
autour de around
d’après according to
de côté sideways
en arrière de behind
en bas de below, at the bottom of
en dehors de outside of
en dessous de lower than, below
en face de facing, across from
en haut de above, at the top of
faute de for lack of
grâce à thanks to
hors de outside of
loin de far from
par rapport à compared to
près de near (to)
quant à as for, regarding
vis-à-vis de towards, in regard to

  Conseil concis

The noun following a prepositional phrase can sometimes be replaced by an object pronoun.

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