Glossary: complex preposition

Explanation

A preposition made up of more than one word, e.g. because of, on top of.

Preposition phrases

A preposition phrase has a preposition as its Head word, usually followed by a noun phrase. Here are some examples of preposition phrases, showing a preposition + noun phrase sequence:

  • in + boxes
  • in + the boxes
  • in + the big boxes under the table

The noun phrase can be a single word or a string of words, as the examples show.

Here are some examples of prepositional phrases in sentences:

Prepositions

Prepositions are a closed class of words. They are generally quite short words that often relate to meanings of place and time.

The following are common prepositions:

  • across, after, at, before, by, during, from, in, into, of, on, to, under, with, without

This is not a complete list. More unusual prepositions can be harder to recognise because they do not have a standard form.

Some prepositions are made up of more than one word.

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