What is a preposition?

Traditional grammars define prepositions as always being followed by a noun phrase (a phrase headed by a noun). ¬†However, Huddlestone and Pullum (2005) argue for a broader definition of prepositions. Their wider definition also captures some items traditionally viewed as subordinating conjunctions or adverbs. Table 1 illustrates some problems caused by the traditional classification. It…… Continue reading What is a preposition?