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    please can you explain to me what a complex preposition is, iv looked every where and no where seems to be able to help me

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    Perhaps you are thinking of prepositional phrases?




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    please can you explain to me what a complex preposition is, iv looked every where and no where seems to be able to help me
    A complex preposition is a preposition made up of two or more words; it acts as a single unit in a sentence.

    because of
    due to
    with respect to
    in regard to

    More here:

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/preps/complex.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by me
    please can you explain to me what a complex preposition is, iv looked every where and no where seems to be able to help me
    A complex preposition is a preposition made up of two or more words; it acts as a single unit in a sentence.

    because of
    due to
    with respect to
    in regard to

    More here:

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/preps/complex.htm
    Hey! That's not in our glossary. Tdol does say: "Some prepositional phrases can function like single word prepositions; next to, in front of, etc."
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/preposition.html

    His examples, next to and in front of are complex prepositions, right?

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by me
    please can you explain to me what a complex preposition is, iv looked every where and no where seems to be able to help me
    A complex preposition is a preposition made up of two or more words; it acts as a single unit in a sentence.

    because of
    due to
    with respect to
    in regard to

    More here:

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/preps/complex.htm
    Hey! That's not in our glossary. Tdol does say: "Some prepositional phrases can function like single word prepositions; next to, in front of, etc."
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/preposition.html

    His examples, next to and in front of are complex prepositions, right?

    :)
    Yes they are. It is a terminology thing, but, for me, a prepositional phrase is a preposition (simple or complex) plus its object and any modifiers of the object.

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    OK- I'll add complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- I'll add complex.
    Thanks. I feel better now.

    :wink:

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    I've added something quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- I'll add complex.
    You are very agreeable tonight. :wink:

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