– Prepositional Adjectival Phrases – Letter E –
- (to be) At Ease – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Prepositional-Phrase which means: “To be comfortable, calm and relaxed”. Generally, the opposite to being “stressed”…
“Having all my work done early and knowing that I was prepared for the meeting really put me at ease.”
- (to be) On Edge – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal Adjective which is used to describe when a person is dealing with a lot of anxiety and because of this, that person is moody, excitable, and easily upset. It is possible that the phrase comes from an excited person being “on the edge of their seat” which is another similar phrase which can be both literal and idiomatic, and describes when a person is in a very similar situation..
“The new boss has got everyone on edge because she is not only giving us a lot of extra work, but she is constantly asking us how to do her job as well!”