IN FRONT OF 不一定要跟is/am/are. 可以跟 noun, pronoun, adverb和其他的 verb (including verbal phrase).
(1) am/are/is/was/were + in favour of + someone/something
I am (all) in favour of trying to find ways to save money.
We are in favour of income tax cut.
(2) Action verb (including verbal phrase) + in favour of + someone/something
80% of the population voted in favour of the new regulation. (voted ~ verb)
Shatin was rejected in favour of Aberdeen as the site for the new school. (was rejected ~verb)
We would prefer to see him step aside in favour of a younger man. (step aside ~ verbal phrase)
They have come down very strongly in favour of the proposed merger. (come down ~ verbal phrase)
“strongly”, an adverb, comes before “in favour of”.
(3) noun/pronoun (can be subject or object) + in favour of + ….
Those in favour of the motion, please raise your hands now. (Those ~ subject)
The chairman outlined the arguments in favour of the proposed changes. (argument ~ object)
She gave up nursing in favour of a career as a pop singer. (nursing ~ object)
(4) Other pattern:
Peter, who had been left out on the morning of the match in favour of David, was absolutely upset.
2012-03-09 10:44:19 補充：
IN FAVOUR OF (not IN FRONT OF)
Oxford English Dictionary