Advanced Prepositions to Score Band 7.0+ in IELTS Writing

Advanced Prepositions to Score Band 7.0+ in IELTS Writing

Idiomatic Expressions Acting as Prepositions

1. As opposed to: Used to make a contrast between two things

Example: This exercise develops suppleness as opposed to strength.

2. As regards : Alternative to Concerning

At the behest of somebody/something

Because somebody/something has ordered or requested it

Example: at the behest of the King

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3. By means of: With the help of something

Example: The load was lifted by means of a crane.

4. By virtue of/In virtue of: By means of or because of something

Example: She got the job by virtue of her greater experience.

5. For the sake of (doing) something: In order to get or keep something

Example: The translation sacrifices naturalness for the sake of accuracy.

6. In accordance with something : According to a rule or the way that something should be done

Example: We acted in accordance with my parents’ wishes.

8. In addition (to somebody/something): Used when you want to mention another person/thing after something else

Example: In addition to these arrangements, extra ambulances will be on duty until midnight.

9. In case of something: If something happens

Example: In case of fire, ring the alarm bell.

10. In lieu of : Instead of

Example: They took cash in lieu of the prize they had won.

11. In order to do something : With the purpose or intention of doing or achieving something

Example: In order to get a complete picture, further information is needed.

12. In place of somebody/something : Instead of somebody/something

Example: We just had soup in place of a full meal.

13. In respect of something

  1. Concerning

Example: A writ was served on the firm in respect of their unpaid bill.

  1. In payment for something

Example: money received in respect of overtime

14. In spite of : See Despite

15. In view of something

Considering something

Example: In view of the weather, the event will now be held indoors.

16. On account of something

Because of

Example: The marsh is an area of great scientific interest on account of its wild flowers.

17. On behalf of somebody

In order to help somebody

Example:They campaigned on behalf of asylum seekers.

18. On top of

  1. In addition to something

Example: He gets commission on top of his salary.

  1. In control of a situation

Example: Work tends to pile up if I don’t keep on top of it.

19. Thanks to : Used to say that something has happened because of somebody/something

Example: It was all a great success – thanks to a lot of hard work.

20. With a view to (doing) something

With the intention or hope of doing something

Example: He is painting the house with a view to selling it.

21. With regard to/In regard to: Concerning somebody/something

Example: The company’s position with regard to overtime is made clear in their contracts.

22. With respect to

Alternative to In respect ofDefinition 1

Example: With respect to IELTS, I’m intent on re-sitting the IELTS test to hike up my score to Band 9.0


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Nafia Zuhana is an experienced content writer and IELTS Trainer. Currently, she is guiding students who are appearing for IELTS General and Academic exams through With an 8.5 score herself, she trains and provides test takers with strategies, tips, and nuances on how to crack the IELTS Exam. She holds a degree in Master of Arts – Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has worked with The Hindu for over a year as an English language trainer.

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