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What is a prepositional phrase?



A prepositional phrase is an adpositional phrase in which a preposition is the head. The preposition precedes its complement.


The phrase is an exocentric construction that functions as an adjectival or adverbial modifier. The complement to the preposition is typically one of the following:

Examples (English)
  • on the bus
  • to town
  • on the other hand
  A prepositional phrase is a kind of

Hartmann and Stork 1972 182–183


Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 63, 657


Crystal 1980 282

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