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What is an adposition?

 

Definition
 

An adposition is a cover term for prepositions and postpositions. It is a member of a closed set of items that

 
  • occur before or after a complement composed of a noun phrase, noun, pronoun, or clause that functions as a noun phrase, and
  • form a single structure with the complement to express its grammatical and semantic relation to another unit within a clause.
Examples (English)
 
  • He went to the races.
  • He promised to help with whatever was the matter.
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of adpositions:
 
Generic
  An adposition is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Comrie 1989 91

 

Crystal 1980 277, 282

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 181–183

 

Mish 1991 929

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 657–659


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