Definition of postposition in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəʊs(t)pəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/


A word or morpheme placed after the word it governs, for example -ward in homeward.
Example sentences
  • It's quite different from English, too, in that it puts the verb at the end of the sentence and uses postpositions instead of prepositions.
  • A switch within the prepositional phrase should be ruled out because English has prepositions and Panjabi postpositions.
  • This actuality of things is emphasized by the postposition of the color adjective, in accordance with normal, non-poetic usage: it excludes any metaphorical interpretation.



Example sentences
  • In Japanese as in Carrier, it is possible to describe the cooking process more specifically by adding adverbs and postpositional phrases, e.g. ‘gently’ or ‘in a frying pan’, but the number of basic verbs is limited.
  • Korean is a subject-object-verb language, for example, and has a rich system of postpositional case markers.


Mid 19th century: from preposition, by substitution of the prefix post- for pre-.

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