Topic 3.6 The prepositional phrase (PP). Lengua Inglesa II Tom Morton. The prepositional phrase (PP). A preposition expresses a relationship between two entities (e.g. the man with the red beard ). The structure of the Prepositional Phrase (PP).
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Lengua Inglesa II
A preposition expresses a relationship
between two entities (e.g. the man
with the red beard).
A PP consists of a preposition (h) followed by a prepositional
complement (c). Prepositional complements (also called
completives) are most frequently realised by a NP, but they can
also be realised by other groups and clauses…
the policeman’s arms
right into the policeman’s arms
completely out of control
straight along this road
just at that moment
quite near here
only by concentrating hard
Complex prepositions (two-word
& three-word prepositions):
as for as well as
apart from in spite of
because of on top of
insead of in charge of
according to with regard to
due to in view of
along with by way of
Prepositions are sometimes required by certain verbs,
adjectives and nouns.
I’ve applied ___ a job
he did it ___ purpose
she’s capable ____ doing it
Circumstantial adjunct: The people were singing on the bus.
Stance adjunct: To my surprise, the doctor phoned.
Connective adjunct:On the other hand, he made no attempt to help the victim or apprehend her attacker.
Complement of a verb: We depend on you.
Complementation of an adjective: I am sorry for his parents.