Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is prepositional phrase five. The prepositional phrase today is "with bated breath. " Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If someone does something with bated breath, he or she does it eagerly and with great anticipation. You know, very excitedly waiting for it or almost like holding their breath waiting for it to happen. So that's what means. It suggests that one is holding ones breath in suspense or fear. So they're probably like (bated breath sounds ) kind of like that. That would be like with bated breath. You know just before something happens. So they're they're holding their breath waiting. Waiting to hear something. All right. Let's continue. The word "bated " in this phrase is from an older abbreviated form of "abate" which we still have. It's a formal word, but we still have the word abate today which means to become less in intensity or less extreme. So it's really your breath which is actually coming less in intensity. Because you're kind of (bated breath sounds ) kind of holding it like that. The origin of the phrase comes directly from Shakespeare's, Merchant of Venice. Spoken by the character , Shylock who was actually the bad guy in the play. Shakespeare is given credit for coining this term. Okay. All right. And let's just give several examples here. Example number one. That hopeful actress waited with bated breath as they were about to announce the winner of the Best Actress Award. And you know obviously she's probably one who was nominated for the award. So she's looking in anticipation excited and (bated breath sounds ) you know, just before they they announced it. Or number two. Fans looked on with bated breath as the basketball went through the hoop to score the winning shot and win the championship. So maybe somebody right at the last minute, the last second the ball is in the air and it's going around ... especially if it circles around the hoop and falls through. They're like (bated breath sounds) you know, and in anticipation hoping that it goes through. Or number three here. Yeah. With bated breath, she listens intently you know, very seriously as her boyfriend proposed to her okay. Good. So anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. I hope it was informative . Tank you for your time. Bye-bye.