Glossary of Linguistic Terms



An adposition is a cover term for prepositions and postpositions. It is a member of a closed set of items that:

  • occur before or after a complement composed of a noun phrase, noun, pronoun, or clause that functions as a noun phrase, and
  • form a single structure with the complement to express its grammatical and semantic relation to another unit within a clause.


  • He went to the races.
  • He promised to help with whatever was the matter.
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