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.

Common French prepositional phrases:

à cause de   due to, because of
à côté de   next to, beside
à l’égard de   regarding, in regard to
au contraire de   unlike
au-dessous de   below, underneath
au-dessus de   higher than, above
au lieu de   instead of, rather than
au sujet de   about, on the subject of
d’après   according to
en arrière de   behind
en dehors de   outside of
en dessous de   lower than, below
en face de   facing, across from
faute de   for lack of
grâce à   thanks to
hors de   outside of
loin de   far from
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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