– Prepositional Phrasal-Adverbs – Letter O –
Every Once In A While – This is a common adverbial phrase of frequency which is used to describe something which happens on occasion. In other words, not necessarily on a regular basis, but periodically, fairly frequently, “From Time To Time”. Phrases like these are almost impossible to define without using other phrases, as they are relative to each person who uses them, so therefore they will be slightly different based on the situation and the person using them.
- (to be) Off The Beaten Path – This Idiomatic Prepositional-Phrase can be either an Adverbial Phrase (to talk about how someone is doing something) or an Adjectival Phrase to describe some thing or process as being a bit different, or out of the ordinary. This phrase comes from the days when we had more “paths” (or “trails”) than roads. If the “path” is walked by many people, it will be “beaten” down. If not it is probably not commonly used. Therefore – Idiomatically – it is used to say that the place where one “is”, or the way that someone is doing something is not the common way…
“When we travel, we don’t like to be around a lot of other tourists. We like to get off the beaten path and explore. This is also how we run our company. We try to be fresh and innovative and not do things just because that is how everyone else does it. You could say that we like to get off the beaten path, whenever we do anything.”
On And Off – This is an Phrasal-Adverb of Frequency which is used to describe something (and action, habit, activity, etc.) which does not happen continuously but does happen continually – In other words, it describes something which happens over a large period of time, but does not happen as an un-ending stream but frequently or semi-frequently over a period of time… “I’ve been learning English on and off for the last ten years.” (meaning: I started 10 years ago but there have been breaks during that time.)