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|The prepositions which we have
looked at so far have all consisted of a single word, such as in,
of, at, and to. We refer to these as SIMPLE PREPOSITIONS.
COMPLEX PREPOSITIONS consist of two- or three-word combinations acting as a single unit. Here are some examples:
Like simple prepositions, these two-word combinations come before a noun:
Three-word combinations often have the following
We can see this pattern in the following examples:
Again, these combinations come before a noun:
A number of prepositions have affinities with other word classes. In particular, some prepositions are verbal in form:
We refer to these as MARGINAL PREPOSITIONS. Other marginal prepositions include:
Non-verbal marginal prepositions include
worth (it's worth ten pounds) and minus (ten minus
two is eight).
The Survey of English Usage 1996-1998