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  1. adposition(Noun)

    An element that combines syntactically with a phrase and indicates how that phrase should be interpreted in the surrounding context.

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  1. Adposition

    Prepositions are a class of words expressing spatial or temporal relations or marking various semantic roles. Their primary function is relational. A preposition typically combines with another constituent to form a prepositional phrase, relating the complement to the context. The word preposition refers to the situation in Latin and Greek, where prepositions are placed before their complement and hence pre-positioned. English is another language employing them in this way. In many languages, they come after the complement. Thus applied, they are called postpositions. Similarly, circumpositions consist of two parts that appear on each side of the complement. The technical term used to refer collectively to prepositions, postpositions, and circumpositions is adposition. Some linguists use the word "preposition" instead of "adposition" for all three cases. Some examples of English prepositions as used in phrases are: as an adjunct to a {noun}


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