Prepositional pronoun

Prepositional Pronoun

Prepositional pronoun

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A prepositional pronoun is a special form of a personal pronoun that is used as the object of a preposition.

English does not have distinct prepositional forms of pronouns. The same set of objective pronouns are used after verbs and prepositions (e.g. watch 'him, look 'at him). In some other languages, a special set of pronouns is required in prepositional contexts (although the individual pronouns in this set may also be found in other contexts).

Inflectional forms in Romance

In the Romance languages, prepositions combine with stressed pronominal forms that are distinct from the unstressed clitic pronouns used with verbs. In French, prepositions combine with disjunctive pronouns, which are also found in other syntactic contexts (see French disjunctive pronouns). In Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Romanian, prepositions generally combine with pronouns that are identical in form to nominative (subject) pronouns, but there are unique prepositional forms for the 1st and 2nd person singular (and 3rd person reflexive). This is also true in Catalan, but the 2nd person singular prepositional form is identical to the nominative.

Consider the Portuguese sentences below:

Vejo-'te todos os dias. (enclitic object of verb)
"I see you every day."

Não 'te culpo. (proclitic object of verb)
"I don't blame you."

Anseio 'por ti. (prepositional pronoun)
"I long for you."

The verbs ver "to see" and culpar "to blame" in the first two...
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