July 5th, 2007


Prepositional phrase question

Been working on an explanation for prepositional phrases for about half an hour now, creating some examples to illustrate the correspondence between prepositions and the noun phrases that follow. Two examples that came to mind have me stuck, though...

The dictionary lists "of" as a preposition, and while I can see it making sense, the two examples below have me confused (stealing from Lord Tennyson for a moment):

"Cannon to the right of them,
Cannon to the left of them"

Would the prepositional phrase begin with of, or would it begin with one of the earlier words? To, perhaps? Thinking about it, "the right of them" would make a valid noun phrase, I think...would "of them" be considered a prepositional phrase within the noun phrase, or would it just simply be a noun phrase?

Perhaps I'm just overthinking this.
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Yesterday, in a IM conversation I mistakenly typed "on the bank of the sea" (this error could be explained by the fact that in my native language "river-bank" and "sea-(lake-)shore" are represented by the same word). Which made me indulge in the following pondering: do native speakers of English language perceive "bank" and "shore" as two intensely different notions (regardless of the fact that both mean basically the same thing, "a streak of land immediately adjacent to a body of water")?

Could anyone comment on this? (Also if you're a native speaker of any other language distinguishing between these things).

Making life with IPA easier...


Been interested in dabbling in it a bit more, but it always seemed more trouble than it was worth to hunt them down in the character palette. Hit the Apple support forums, turns out someone's done a Unicode 5-compatible IPA keyboard layout, usable just like any other input method on the Mac. I've got some work to do before I can restart and test it out, but I thought I'd put the resource out there in case anyone else was interested.

edit: sims tə werk fɑɪn. ølbi:t səm sɪmbəls ar hard tə faɪnd...
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