Basic English Usage
Let's continue learning prepositional phrases, focusing on those commonly used by people writing at work:
except for X = not including X
Everyone signed the card except for me.
Except for the delays in the airport, the trip was uneventful.
for a while = for a brief, or unspecified, period of time
They walked for a while.
We visited the museum for a while, but didn't stay too long.
for once = at least one time, though it should happen more often
For once, she arrived on time.
The weather prediction was correct for once.
for the record = stating something formally, as if being recorded
For the record, I was not in favor of the merger.
They said we were over budget, but for the record, we came in under budget.
in common = sharing similar interests or features
The two new engineers have a lot in common.
We have much in common when it comes to favorite music.
in some/many ways = being partly/mostly relevant or truthful
The design approaches are similar in some ways.
The designers are different in many ways, but they get along.
Lesson: Phrases 2
Course: Basic English Usage