fronted prepositional phrase

In English, we often put where or when something happens before the subject of the clause.  We can focus the reader or listener on a prepositional phrase.  Here is a long example of fronting with two prepositional phrases:

And for the first time in my life, I felt something good.

Listen to the sentence.

Notice the comma between the prepositional phrase and the clause:

, I felt …

 

*Side note, ‘for the first time in‘ is the 17th most frequent 5-word Ngram in English. 

iWeb 83,907


A2 point 1 and the only point in the category of FOCUS and FRONTING is defined as:

a prepositional phrases in the front position for focus.


A search in iWeb corpus for:

. _I * * *

*Note, many of these are not the simple time or location phrases seen in the EGP examples, such as ‘In my country‘.

Complex adverbs in fixed expressions (idiom) have the form of prepositional phrases, too.  For example, ‘As a result‘.

 

1 . AS A RESULT, 195850
2 . IN OTHER WORDS , 181088
3 . ON THE OTHER HAND 156769
4 . AT THE SAME TIME 117107
5 . IN THIS CASE , 104769
6 . FOR MORE INFORMATION , 102640
7 . AT THE END OF 99183
8 . IN FACT , THE 81036
9 . IN THE CASE OF 70996
10 . IN ADDITION TO THE 69823
11 . IN SOME CASES , 52326
12 . FOR MORE INFORMATION ON 52196
13 . FOR THIS REASON , 51135
14 . IN FACT , IT 49821
15 . IN THE END , 49141
16 . IN FACT , I 44815
17 . IN THE MEANTIME , 43070
18 . FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT 40673
19 . AT THIS POINT , 38125
20 . BY THE END OF 37546
21 . AS A RESULT OF 36124
22 . IN MOST CASES , 34806
23 . BECAUSE OF THIS , 34282
24 . AT THE TIME , 33114
25 . IN ANY CASE , 31955
26 . BY THE WAY , 31468
27 . ON TOP OF THAT 27914
28 . IN THAT CASE , 27465
29 . IN THE PAST , 27430
30 . IN THIS WAY , 27367
31 . FOR THE FIRST TIME 25544
32 . AT THE TIME OF 25337
33 . AS PART OF THE 24586
34 . IN MANY CASES , 23603
35 . OVER THE YEARS , 23268
36 . WITH THE HELP OF 21857
37 . AT THAT TIME , 21257
38 . IN MY OPINION , 21034
39 . IN THE EVENT OF 20900
40 . OTHER THAN THAT , 20842
41 . ON THE CONTRARY , 20090
42 . OVER THE COURSE OF 19223
43 . AS A MATTER OF 18916
44 . FOR THOSE OF YOU 18402
45 . IN THE EVENT THAT 18204
46 . IN FACT , YOU 17879
47 . AT THAT POINT , 17716
48 . IN DOING SO , 17705
49 . ON THE ONE HAND 17623
50 . AFTER ALL , THE 17370
51 . IN THIS ARTICLE , 17300
52 . IN FACT , THEY 17002
53 . WITH THAT IN MIND 16657
54 . IN FACT , WE 16537
55 . DURING THIS TIME , 16523
56 . AT THE VERY LEAST 16191
57 . AS AN EXAMPLE , 16150
58 . IN RECENT YEARS , 15922
59 . IN FACT , THERE 15752
60 . IN ADDITION TO THIS 15491
61 . IN FACT , IF 15022
62 . IN THIS EXAMPLE , 14575
63 . AT THIS TIME , 14557
64 . IN FACT , HE 14361
65 . FOR THAT REASON , 14346
66 . ALONG THE WAY , 14179
67 . WITH THAT SAID , 13780
68 . IN THE UNITED STATES 13738
69 . FOR ONE THING , 13581
70 . WITH THIS IN MIND 13470
71 . IN THESE CASES , 13442
72 . TO THAT END , 13399
73 . IN FACT , THIS 13099
74 . IN FACT , A 12919
75 . AS SUCH , THE 12843
76 . WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 12530
77 . AT THE BEGINNING OF 12465
78 . AFTER ALL , IT 12203
79 . IN THE ABSENCE OF 12180
80 . IN THE SAME WAY 12161
81 . AT ONE POINT , 12096
82 . IN FACT , IN 11949
83 . IN SUCH CASES , 11890
84 . FOR SOME REASON , 11734
85 . IN EITHER CASE , 11640
86 . IN FACT , MANY 11622
87 . IN THIS CASE THE 11584
88 . PRIOR TO THAT , 11396
89 . ON THE OTHER SIDE 11341
90 . IN MY CASE , 11313
91 . AS SUCH , IT 11293
92 . IN AN EFFORT TO 11272
93 . IN ADDITION TO BEING 11213
94 . SINCE THEN , THE 10992
95 . BY THE TIME THE 10708
96 . IN MY EXPERIENCE , 10579
97 . AT THE AGE OF 10546
98 . IN ADDITION TO HIS 10471
99 . AT THE MOMENT , 10466
100 . TO THIS END , 10259


A1 prepositions:
as, at, for, in, of, on, to, with

A2 vocabulary at the lowest sense:
by, case, cases, fact, information, point, reason, way

 


The examples in the EGP follow the pattern:

_ii _a _nn ,

(in the iWeb corpus will require checking against the English Vocabulary Profile too.)

1 AS A RESULT , 290795
2 IN THE WORLD , 190027
3 AT THE TIME , 168187
4 IN THE PAST , 163602
5 IN THE END , 144888
6 BY THE WAY , 138727
7 OVER THE YEARS , 122255
8 IN THE FUTURE , 103232
9 AROUND THE WORLD , 97683
10 IN THE MEANTIME , 94573
11 IN MY OPINION , 90529
12 AT THE MOMENT , 76707
13 AT A TIME , 75724
14 IN THE MORNING , 69197
15 IN THE COUNTRY , 58979
16 IN THE GAME , 52619
17 ALONG THE WAY , 51139
18 AS A WHOLE , 46227
19 IN THE AREA , 45406
20 ON THE MARKET , 45020
21 ACROSS THE COUNTRY , 40418
22 ON THE CONTRARY , 40261
23 ON THE GROUND , 39184
24 IN THE CITY , 38545
25 ON THE INTERNET , 37699
26 ON THE ROAD , 36751
27 AS AN EXAMPLE , 36726
28 IN THE PROCESS , 35675
29 AT THE END , 35360
30 IN THE AIR , 33846
31 IN THE FIELD , 33081
32 DURING THE DAY , 32580
33 IN MY EXPERIENCE , 31710
34 IN A ROW , 31355
35 OVER THE WORLD , 30648
36 IN THE DAY , 30313
37 IN A WAY , 29346
38 IN THE INDUSTRY , 29111
39 IN MY CASE , 28788
40 IN MY LIFE , 27693
41 ON THE FLOOR , 27584
42 IN THE SUMMER , 27569
43 TO THE PUBLIC , 27263
44 AT THE TOP , 26257
45 IN THE REGION , 25933
46 IN THE HOUSE , 25358
47 THROUGHOUT THE YEAR , 24429
48 IN THE BEGINNING , 24386
49 TO THE RIGHT , 24197
50 IN YOUR LIFE , 24076
51 IN THE BODY , 23714
52 IN THE MIDDLE , 23049
53 IN THE COMMUNITY , 22764
54 IN A WHILE , 22527
55 ON THE RIGHT , 22484
56 ON THE SITE , 21818
57 ON THE SURFACE , 21482
58 IN THE WATER , 21255
59 IN THE BOOK , 20576
60 AROUND THE CORNER , 20546
61 IN THE EVENING , 20430
62 AS A CHILD , 20423
63 IN THE MARKET , 20297
64 FROM THE BEGINNING , 19941
65 THROUGHOUT THE DAY , 19918
66 TO THE GROUND , 19838
67 IN THE BACKGROUND , 19786
68 IN THE KITCHEN , 19459
69 IN THE CLASSROOM , 19330
70 IN A NUTSHELL , 19293
71 IN THE STATE , 19277
72 IN A STATEMENT , 19125
73 OVER THE WEEKEND , 18909
74 ON THE WEB , 18856
75 IN MY MIND , 18651
76 IN A SENSE , 18561
77 IN THE WINTER , 18443
78 OF THE WAY , 18313
79 IN THE FILM , 18262
80 FROM THE START , 18200
81 IN THE ROOM , 18031
82 IN THE CAR , 17961
83 IN THE FALL , 17478
84 IN THE VIDEO , 17131
85 OF THE BOX , 17082
86 IN YOUR HOME , 17025
87 ON THE BEACH , 16997
88 AT THE BEGINNING , 16946
89 IN MY VIEW , 16895
90 ON THE PLANET , 16428
91 DOWN THE ROAD , 16403
92 IN THE SPRING , 16392
93 ON THE TABLE , 16302
94 ON THE LIST , 16260
95 TO AN END , 16247
96 IN THE SERIES , 16077
97 AT THE BOTTOM , 15821
98 ON THE FIELD , 15676
99 AT A MINIMUM , 15585
100 ON YOUR COMPUTER , 15582