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Choice of preposition
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The choice of preposition correlates with the thematic role which is assigned to the prepositional complement. The preposition fanof can be used with Noun Phrases (NPs) bearing various thematic roles.

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The preposition fanof is used for agents, themes and possessors. The example below illustrates that it can be used for agents:

Example 1

'It Tepidarium' fan Laurens Alma Tadema
the Tepidarium of Laurens Alma Tadema
'The Tepidarium' by Laurens Alma Tadema

The example below illustrates that it can be used for themes:

Example 2

De ferneatiging fan Carthago
the destruction of Carthage
The destruction of Carthage

The example below illustrates that it can be used for possessors:

Example 3

De pleats fan Andrys Keizer
the farmhouse of Andrys Keizer
The farmhouse of Andrys Keizer

Agents can also be introduced by the preposition trochby:

Example 4

'It Tepidarium' troch Laurens Alma Tadema
the Tepidarium by Laurens Alma Tadema
'The Tepidarium' by Laurens Alma Tadema

This preposition is also used to introduce causes, and, more specifically, to introduce agents in passive sentences. Some nouns lexically select a specific preposition for their theme complement, though the corresponding verb does not. The example below illustrates this for the collocation haat ynhatred against:

Example 5

a. Wa't haat yn My hat, skeint syn siele
who hatred in Me has hurts his soul
Whoever feels hatred against Me hurts his soul
b. Wa't My hatet, skeint syn siele
who Me hates hurts his soul
Whoever hates Me hurts his soul

The example below illustrates this for the collocation fertrouwen yntrust in:

Example 6

a. Syn fertrouwen yn my
his trust in me
His trust in me
b. Hy fertrout my
he trusts me
He trusts me
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