Prepositional Phrases – Of

–  Prepositional Phrases – Of  –

An Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “Of”  –  If you do not see the Phrase that you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


  • (a) Thing of The Past – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Phrase and is also a Phrasal Noun which is used to describe some “thing” [either a Concrete or Abstract Noun] which was common at some point in the past but no longer is.  This phrase is also used to imply that the “thing” referred to is no longer relevant due to being “a thing of the past”

“Not being able to use calculators in school is a thing of the past.  Now it is normal to do-so.”

“Despite what most modern so-called ‘feminists’ say, Female In-Equality and ‘The Patriarchy’ are a thing of the past.  But they don’t want equality, they want to establish ‘The Matriarchy’.”

(Notice also that “The Past” is a Noun Phrase by itself)

  • (to) Get Rid Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb.  Though most Idiomatic phrasal verbs do not have a logical meaning, this one actually does.  To “Get” something, means to obtain it.  “Rid” is a very old verb which means: “to be free of something”.  So to “get rid of something” simply means to obtain the “freedom” from whatever “of” is referring to…  It is often used as a expression meaning:  To dispose of something; throw something away; or (when speaking of a person or some intangible thing – thoughts, feelings, etc.) it means:  To free one’s Self from that person or thing, so that it is longer a burden in one’s Life.

  • (to) Have The Makings Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe a person who has the proper qualities and skills necessary to become something or to fulfill the duties of some position.  The word “makings” is an example of creatively turning a verb into a noun as a way of saying that the person has the necessary qualities, skills, attributes, etc. in order to “Make” a good (whatever)…

“He has the makings of someday becoming a great leader.  He is courageous, determined, idealistic yet rational, and frankly people just like him.  It also doesn’t hurt that his parents are very wealthy.”

Translation:  “He has everything necessary to become a leader without really having to work hard to achieve that status.”  –   Read Full Post Here

  • (to be) On The Verge Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which means:  To be right on the edge of, and very close to something; it can be both literal of figurative…  To be right on the verge of the finish-line means:

“right at the very end of the race, and about to cross the finish-line”.

…To be right on the verge of finishing a project means that:

“the project is almost completed”.

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