He is a man at heart.
I love a man at/by with heart.

Are they two correct? Which types of prepositional phrases are they? I mean whether they acted as adjectival or adverbial prepositional phrases?

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    I don't understand what a man by heart means. And a man at heart sounds strange (although it's understandable: he was essentially a man). Only with heart sounds natural to me, although the phrase would more commonly be a man with a lot of heart. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 21 at 17:07
  • "At heart" and "with heart" mean quite different things. "At heart" means "fundamentally", while "with heart" means "having courage". What exactly are you trying to say? – Andrew Apr 21 at 18:03

They mean nothing as written. They require more words.

He is a man who, at heart, is very nice. [essentially]

At heart, they love their children. [essentially]

at heart is an adverbial phrase that means essentially or basically because the heart in Western culture is the center of being. For example, the heart of the matter=the essence of the matter, the center of the matter.

Those are people with heart. [loving people]

at heart is basically adverbial and with heart is adjectival.

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