Sunday, 16 December 2012

Complex Prepositions Vs Prepositional Phrases [Diagnostics]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 359):
Complex prepositions such as in front (of), for the sake (of), have evolved from prepositional phrases, with front, sake as ‘Complement’.  Many expressions are indeterminate between the two … however, there is a difference; those that have become prepositions typically occur without a Deictic preceding the noun (in front of not in the front of), and the noun occurs in the singular only (in front of not in fronts of).