A preposition is a word that connects a noun, pronoun or noun phrase to other parts of a clause.

‘I insist on it' and ‘We went from here to there in 10 days'.

In the classroom
Dependent prepositions - prepositions which always go with certain language - cause problems even for advanced level learners. Memorisation and controlled practice can help, but perhaps the best way of gaining control over prepositions is through a lot of exposure to authentic language.

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Dear colleagues
I am a new member. I am preparing a pamphlet for my students and need your comments.
Technically, we would call any noun following a preposition as object of preposition. The problem is that sometimes we have to use semantic and pragmatic data to refute this generalization. Consider
a. Two bottles of milk is all I want.
b. Three bottles of milk have been put in the fridge.
I would say:
in a, of is combined with bottle to form a compound quantifier. Therefore, the head of the NP is milk. This is verified with the verb agreement.
In b on the other hand, bottles heads the NP and milk is an object of preposition. This is also verified by have.
Am I write? Is this what other sources confirm?
Comments please.

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