V n in n
Phrasal prepositions with in
There are some phrasal prepositions which consist of in, a noun group, and another preposition. For example, the phrasal prepositions in the form of, in the light of, in the role of and in terms of often follow a verb and a noun group, and so appear to be part of the pattern V n in n.The prepositional phrase formed with one of these phrasal prepositions is a prepositional Complement or a prepositional Object Complement. These phrasal prepositions follow verbs which indicate that something is expressed in a particular way or that someone or something is given a particular role, such as cast, manifest or present.
Surely Magda hadn't now cast Paula in the role of desirable daughter-in-law?
An allergic food reaction can manifest itself in the form of sickness and vomiting.
Film has to present ideas in terms of characters.