Wiktionary talk:Votes/pl-2010-01/Allow "Prepositional phrase" as a POS header
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- Is it the intention that all prepositional phrases be so labelled – even the ones which seem to function perfectly well as adjectives or adverbs? Ƿidsiþ 06:26, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
- The don't function perfectly well as adjectives and adverbs. They generally do not accept modification by "very" or "too" and do not readily appear after "become". I have yet to engage in a search for exceptions. I am not sure that a prepositional phrase that met those tests should be forced to join its cousins under the new banner. DCDuring TALK 12:12, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
- Expanding a bit, consider "He is very in-the-know.", "He is very 'in the know'.", and *"He is very in the know." Though the last is probably attestable, the first two are more consistent with the distinctive vocal marking of the expression's unusual use as adjective. I would argue that the best presentation would have "in the know" as a PP and "in-the-know" as an adjective (adverb, too ???) (with RT links rather than alternative spellings, I think). IMHO, there is a rebuttable presumption that PP is the best presentation for the unhyphenated form and Adjective is best for the hyphenated form, especially in attributive use.
- It would be useful to see some examples that didn't fit this pattern to test the proposal. Any nominations? DCDuring TALK 15:21, 30 January 2010 (UTC)