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    I just want to know whether the particle(down)in the phrasal verb( put down) is a preposition or an adverb
    and can you give me examples of phrasal verbs that contain the particle (down) as a preposition and as an adverb
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    hello, where are you helpful people?

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    Default Re: A question about phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by sultanee View Post
    Hi evryone
    hope that you are well
    I just want to know whether the particle(down)in the phrasal verb( put down) is a preposition or an adverb
    and can you give me examples of phrasal verbs that contain the particle (down) as a preposition and as an adverb
    many thanks in advance
    In 'Put down your pen', 'down' is an adverb.

    This is the def for preps:

    in grammar, a word which is used before a noun, a noun phrase or a pronoun, connecting it to another word (that normally precedes it)
    connecting to which word?

    You put down your pen.
    'your pen' is connected to 'put'? No.
    'your pen' is connected to the covert subject, 'you'? No.

    There is no connection that 'down' establishes. --> No preposition.

    The communication between the two sides broke down.

    Is there something after 'down'? No. adverb.

    The workers downed tools. (verb)

    I have just get in the university down the line. -- down = preposition.

    'I' and 'the line' are connected in a metaphorical sense.

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