Prepositional Phrase

A Prepositional Phrase is a linguistic phrase that starts with a preposition (its Prepositional Head Word).



  • (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒
    • 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.
  • WordNet.
    • 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.