- AKA: PP, Adpositional Phrase.
- It can be followed by a Noun (or Pronoun).
- It can function as an Adjective or an Adverb.
- It can provide the answer to Wh-Questions.
- It can never contain the Sentence Subject.
- It can (typically) consist of a Preposition followed by its Preposition Object and its Modifiers. PP->P NP ???
- It can relate a noun phrase to another part of the Sentence.
- It can be a Recursive Prepositional Phrase.
- "I went (PP with) the kids]".
- "I cut the cake (PP with) the knife]".
- "I cut the cake (PP with) the kids]".
- "I bought the toy (PP with) the kitty]".
- "I bought the toy (PP with) the kids]".
- "It was (PP under) the orange blanket]".
- "The man (PP in) the story] walked [[along P] the beach]."
- "One of these books contains the recipe [for/P Crêpe Suzette]]." (one Preposition is not a Prepositional Head Word - because it is the Sentence Subject).
- “I saw the man (PP in) the park (PP with/P a telescope]]."
- "I saw the man (PP in) the park] (PP with/P a telescope]."
- See: Prepositional Phrase Attachment Task
- (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prepositional_phrase
- An adpositional phrase is a linguistics term that includes (a) prepositional phrases (usually found in head-first languages such as English) and (b) postpositional phrases (usually found in head-final languages such as Dutch). The difference between the two is simply one of word order.
- Both types of adpositional phrases are a syntactic category: a phrase which is treated in certain ways as a unit by a language's rules of syntax. An adpositional phrase is composed of an adposition (in the head position, which is why it lends its name to the phrase) and usually a complement such as a noun phrase. ("Adposition" is similarly a generic term for either a preposition or a postposition.) These phrases generally act as complements and adjuncts of noun phrases and verb phrases.
- a phrase beginning with a preposition
- 1. (grammar) a phrase that has both a preposition and its object or complement; may be used as an adjunct or a modifier.
- For example:
- The man in the story walked along the beach.