Not a teacher.
This thread suggested/wanted by http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/th...g-prepositions, is about how preposition is connected with adverbs and adjectives.
You should know that an adverb answers the questions, how, when, where, why, and to what degree, and an adjective answers the questions, what kind, which one, how many, and whose. Remember adjective modifies noun and adverb modifies adjective, verb, and other adverbs.
You should also know that a preposition works like an adjective and an adverb so it answers adverb and adjective questions.
If you need another explanation just ask.
If I did something wrong teachers please correct me.
I think when a preposition is acting like an adjective, it goes after a noun and when a preposition is acting like an adverb, it goes after verb, adjective, or adverb.
Last edited by mawes12; 07-Jul-2015 at 16:46. Reason: Moved "not a teacher" to the top of the post for clarity
Well, I'd like some example sentences in which "a preposition works like an adjective and an adverb."
I added more info on my first post.
These are simple phrases I made.
Preposition working like adjective:
"My girlfriend" can change into "girlfriend of mine". This shows what kind or who belongs to who.
"The man at the park" shows what kind of man or which man.
Preposition working like adverb:
"They made money by killing her" shows how they made money.
"I'm at the park" shows where I am.
I hope you understand and I hope teachers can put some examples too.
Ah, OK. I think I got it.
Then, the expression/term you should use is 'a prepositional phrase' - not 'a preposition'.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
I have found some information that may interest you.
1. "He placed it above the book."
a. "Above" is a preposition because it has the object "book."
2."The above book mentions it."
a. "Above" is an adjective. It is in the attributive position (in front of the noun, where adjectives usually go).
3. "The book above mentions it."
a. "above" is analyzed by many grammarians as an adverb. It is a shorter way to say "The book which is above mentions it."
Paul Roberts (of Cornell University), Understanding Grammar (1954).
Constance Weaver (of Western Michigan University), Grammar for Teachers (1979).