One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word or morpheme placed after the word it governs, for example -ward in homeward.
- ‘A switch within the prepositional phrase should be ruled out because English has prepositions and Panjabi postpositions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from preposition, by substitution of the prefix post- for pre-.
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