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.|