Participial Prepositions



Participial Prepositions :



The whole verbal phrase functions as a single verb.

Usually, there is no single verb that is equivalent to the phrase, but sometimes, there is a single verb that has nearly the same meaning.

Examples :

1. To be afraid of - to fear
2. To be aware of - to know
3. To be blind of - to ignore
4. To be worthy of - to deserve
5. To be content with - to like
6. To be delighted with - to love
7. To be familiar with - to know
8. To be eager for - to desire
9. To be fond of - to love
10. To be suitable for - to suit

Concerning the fire in the Vigyan Bhavan, there are many rumours in the bazaar.
CONCERNING THE FIRE means ABOUT THE FIRE.
CONCERNING is present participle
CONCERNING THE FIRE present participle phrase.
So, CONCERNING functions as a preposition also.
Hence CONCERNING is called Participial Preposition.


Respecting the programme you have given, I want time to consider the same.
Respecting - Participial Preposition
Respecting means….
1. on the subject of
2. in connection with
3. concerning


Regarding your inquiries, we say that there is no stock.
Regarding - Participial Preposition
Regarding means…
1. on the subject of
2. in connection with
3. concerning


Call me some time during the holidays.
DURING - Participial Preposition
DURING means all through.
He died during the night.


Barring any last minute problems, we should finish the job by tonight.
Barring - if there are none
Barring - except for
Barring - Preposition
Barring - Participial Preposition


Considering the strength of the opposition, minority government is doing very well.
Considering - if one takes into account the rather surprising fact of
Considering - Participial Preposition
He did very well in his examinations, considering that he had studied so little.


The government is going ahead with the plan, notwithstanding widespread public criticism.
Notwithstanding - Participial Preposition
NOTWITHSTANDING means inspite of - (used after its object)
They went ahead, public criticism notwithstanding - (adverb)


Touching this problem, I haven't taken it up yet.
TOUCHING - Participial Preposition (old use)
TOUCHING means….
1. About
2. Concerning


Assuming that the competition will start in one hour, we all go out for a walk.
Assuming - Participial Preposition
ASSUMING means….
1. We heard so
2. With all possibility


Concerning, respecting, regarding, during, barring, notwithstanding, touching and assuming are treated as Participial Prepositions here.

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