What Are Postpositions?
Postpositions are a type of grammatical particle used to indicate the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other elements in a sentence. Unlike prepositions, which are placed before the complement or object, postpositions are placed after the noun or pronoun they modify. Together, prepositions and postpositions form a group called adpositions.
English generally uses prepositions rather than postpositions, as in 'in class' and 'under the table'. However, there are a few examples of postpositions in the English language, such as:
The Postposition 'Ago'
'Ago' is used to show how far back in the past something happened. Therefore, we should use time-related words before it. For example:
The woman you saw a moment
I started my new job
She started a new job
has started a new job a few weeks
What Is a Postpositional Phrase?
Postpositions can serve two main functions in a sentence. They can be:
- Adjunct Adverbials
- Disjunct Adverbials
Adjunct adverbials are words, phrases, or clauses that add necessary information to a clause. Disjunct adverbials are words or phrases that provide additional information to a clause. They are often set off by commas, and they can function as a comment on the whole sentence or as a modifier of the speaker's attitude or stance. Take a look at some examples:
Unfortunately we had to live
Circumposition is when a prepositional phrase contains two prepositions, one at the beginning of the phrase and one at the end. These are uncommon in the English language, however, some examples can be:
- for God's sake
- for Christ's sake
- for goodness' sake
- for Heaven's sake
- for Pete's sake
Take a look at some examples:
What is it now,
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