– Prepositional Phrases – At –
An Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “At” – 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.
- “Act In Haste, Repent At Leisure” – See: Aphorisms – Letter “A” –
- (to be) At A Loss For Words – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase that we use in either one of two situations.
1. In a situation, where-in, a person is having trouble finding the correct words to express what he or she wants to say.
“I have done the presentation a hundred times before but for some reason, today, I was at a total loss for words.”
2. In a situation where-in a person does not even know how to react (and usually there is another person or group is expecting some sort of response.)
“When the police presented the evidence against him, and it was clear that his story was a lie – suddenly the criminal was at a complete loss for words“
(Notice also that the phrase is separable)
- (to be) At A Standstill – This is an Idiomatic Adjectival Prepositional-Phrase which describes a situation where-in one is not able to perform some action because of a condition which is preventing it. This phrase is often used in a work situation when – for example – a person is not able to perform their part of some task because they must wait for someone else to finish his or her part of the task first…
“The construction of the new office is at a standstill until we are able to get all the proper building permits.”
- (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) At A Standstill – This is an idiomatic adverb verb which describes a situation wherein one is not able to perform some action because of a condition which is preventing it. This phrase is often used in a work situation when for example, a person is not able to perform their part of some task because they must wait for someone else to finish his or her part of the task first… “The construction of the new office is *at a standstill* until we are able to get all the proper building permits.”
- At One Time – This is an adverbial phrase that is used to express, “at some time” in the past. It is used when the exact “time” that one is referring to is either not known or is unimportant in the particular conversation. This is also usually referring to a PERIOD of time rather than one specific moment, but it can be used to talk about either… “*At one time*, I was a Drum’n’Bass DJ.” (This was a period of time that lasted over ten years.) – “*At one time*, I was on stage in front of almost 10,000 people.” (This happened once and was only for a short period of time.) – (both true stories)
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