Preposition Followed By Adjective

Constructions with Preposition + Adjective Combinations

Construction such as in brief, at first, in full, in private, for certain, in short, in vain, and for sure, composed of a preposition followed by an adjective, occur frequently in English.

As demonstrated in the examples below, they can occur in different positions in a sentence. These constructions often have meanings similar to adverbs (e.g., in private = privately, in vain = vainly, in full = fully, of late = lately).

1)  Can I talk to you [in] [private]?
2)  I tried in vain to get him to change his mind.
3)  We can’t tell for certain.
4)  Tell her what happened in full.
5)  Of late he has been quite depressed.
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