Commonly used English collocations with the preposition IN…
Prepositional Phrases with ‘IN'(with examples)
- in a (good/bad) mood
E.g. I’m not in a good mood today so leave me alone, please.
- in a hurry
E.g. I can’t talk right now as I’m in a hurry.
- in a mess
E.g. The whole house is in a mess. We need to tidy it today.
- in a way
E.g. Can money buy happiness? In a way, I think so.
- in action
E.g. I went to Camp Nou to see Lionel Messi in action last week.
- in addition (to)
E.g. In addition to feeling tired, I felt a bit sick.
- in advance (of)
E.g. It’s a busy restaurant so we should book a table in advance.
- in agreement with
E.g. I’m in agreement with many of the views of my classmates.
- in any case
E.g. I don’t want to go and in any case, I wasn’t invited.
- in brief
E.g. The interview was, in brief, a complete disaster.
- in case (+ clause)
E.g. Take an umbrella in case it rains.
- in case of (+ noun)
E.g. In case of emergency, dial 911.
- in cash
E.g. I’d prefer to pay in cash, if you don’t mind.
- in charge of
E.g. Our president is too incompetent to be in charge of the economy.
- in common (with)
E.g. I have a lot of in common with my best friend.
- in comparison with
E.g. The weather in Scotland is awful in comparison with Italy.
- in conclusion
E.g. In conclusion, I believe we should do more to help the poor.
- in confidence
E.g. I told you that story in confidence but you told everyone.
- in control (of)
E.g. He’s not in control of his emotions so he gets upset very easily.
- in danger (of)
E.g. If you don’t change your diet, you’re in danger of being very ill.
- in debt
E.g. He’s in debt, which means he owes money to the bank.
- in detail
E.g. She described what had happened to her in detail.
- in difficulty
E.g. If you’re in difficulty, I’m happy to give you a helping hand.
- in disguise
E.g. Celebrities often go out in disguise in order to avoid paparazzi.
- in doubt
E.g. The festival is in doubt on account of the huge storm.
- in exchange for
E.g. I washed my father’s car in exchange for some pocket money.
- in fact
E.g. I don’t feel tired at all. In fact, I’m full of energy.
- in fashion
E.g. Beards were in fashion last year but they’re out of fashion now.
- in front of
E.g. There’s a bus stop right in front of my house, which is handy.
- in future
E.g. I’m not angry but in future, text me if you’re going to be late.
- in general
E.g. In general, I think that people in Ireland are very friendly.
- in good/bad condition
E.g. My car is in really bad condition so I need to get it repaired.
- in ink/pencil
E.g. It’s better to write in pencil so that you can correct it later.
- in love (with)
E.g. I fell in love with her the moment I met her.
- in moderation
E.g. I eat meat in moderation as I think too much is bad for you.
- in no time
E.g. Study every day and your level of English will improve in no time.
- in one’s free time
E.g. I enjoy hanging out with friends in my free time.
- in other words
E.g. I haven’t got a penny to my name this month. In other words, I’m broke.
- in pain
E.g. The vet decided to put down the animal as it was in a lot of pain.
- in particular
E.g. I enjoyed my trip to London; in particular, I loved Camden Town.
- in person
E.g. I’ve spoken to him on facebook but never met him in person.
- in practice/theory
E.g. In theory, summers should be warm and sunny but it never happens here.
- in prison/jail
E.g. There’s not a single corrupt politician in prison, which is simply wrong.
- in private/public
E.g. I have to speak to you in private. Do you have a minute?
- in return
E.g. I teach her English and she teaches me Spanish in return.
- in somebody’s interest
E.g. It’s in your best interest to do a bit of exercise every day.
- in somebody’s opinion
E.g. In my opinion, Florence is the most beautiful city in the world.
- in season
E.g. I try to buy vegetables and fruits that are in season.
- in secret
E.g. I told you that story in secret and you told half of the world!
- in self-defence
E.g. The defendant claimed he had been acting in self-defence.
- in some respects
E.g. In some respects, I had been expecting Brexit but I’m still surprised.
- in stock
E.g. I wanted to buy the jacket but the shop didn’t have my size in stock.
- in summer/winter
E.g. There’s nothing better than going to the beach in summer.
- in tears
E.g. He insulted her appearance and she left the party in tears.
- in the air
E.g. There was a feeling of tension in the air when he entered the room.
- in the beginning
E.g. It was hard in the beginning but I soon adapted to life in Ireland.
- in the dark
E.g. She hasn’t told me anything. I’m in the dark about her decision.
- in the end
E.g. In the end, family and friends are the most important people in life.
- in the habit of
E.g. I’m in the habit of waking up early and going for a run.
- in the meantime
E.g. The film starts at 19:00. In the meantime, let’s have some dinner.
- in the mood for
E.g. I’m not in the mood for English class now. I’d prefer to watch a movie.
- in the mountains
E.g.Do you like spending time in the mountains or do you prefer the sea?
- in the news
E.g. Silly celebrities are often in the news in my country. It’s a shame.
- in the nude
E.g. Stop walking around the flat in the nude – the neighbours can see you.
- in time
E.g. I left my house early and arrived in time to have a coffee before work.
- in touch
E.g. I’m not in touch with him any longer. We lost contact a few years ago.
- in town
E.g. I’ll give you a call if I’m in town next week. It would be nice to catch up.
- in two/half
E.g. I broke the chocolate bar in two and gave one half to my nephew.
- in vain
E.g. I tried to convince her to go out but all of my efforts were in vain.
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