Although most prepositions are one word, some consist of phrases and are called phrasal prepositions. They are used frequently in spoken and written communication.

Here are some phrasal prepositions:

because of, in case of, instead of, by way of, in lieu of, on account of, in care of, in spite of, on the side of…


- I stop smoking cigarette because of the bad result of it.

- They take the bus to Phnom Penh instead of riding motor bicycle.


- In care of is a common symbol used in correspondence. (in care of is a phrasal preposition that serves as the subject of the verb is.)

- They traveled by way of Vermont. (The phrasal preposition by way of modifies the verb traveled. The noun Vermont is the object of the phrase.)