Basic English Usage
Here is a final batch of prepositional phrases used by people writing at work:
of course = naturally, or "I agree" (implied: "this is not a surprise to me")
You're absolutely correct, so of course I agree with you.
Will I accept the lottery winnings? Of course!
on the contrary = "I disagree, and here is why ..."
You thought I hated the movie? On the contrary, I loved it.
The new company direction was supposed to make us profitable again, but on the contrary, sales have dropped a lot.
on the other hand = introduces a contrasting statement
I'd like a car with great acceleration, but on the other hand I want great gas mileage.
On the one hand, I agree this is a great opportunity for us. On the other hand, however, I think it will change our culture significantly.
on time = at or before a required time
Did the train arrive on time?
Your payments were made on time, so there are no penalties.
out of date = no longer useful or fashionable
If your passport is out of date, they wouldn't let you board the plane.
I was not able to use the app because my operating system is out of date.
prior to X = before an event or a point in time
The questions had been asked prior to my arrival.
Make sure you hand in your assignment prior to noon.
Lesson: Phrases 4
Course: Basic English Usage