I learned about prepositions:
they establish a relation with two words
the preposition is followed by an object
-the object of a prepositional phrase is made by a noun phrase
However, I don't know if these rules are as precise as mathematical statements or just rules helping the learner to get a grasp on grammar without claiming to be state of the art of linguistics.
For instance : I never had enough money to comfort a woman until recently
I understand, that until recently is a phrase and it's function in the sentence is a modifier or adjunct (please correct me on this because I am not quite sure yet if it is an adjunct for real), but I don't know what type of phrase it is, here is why:
- maybe it is an adverb phrase with *recently * as it's head
- maybe until is it's head and the whole is a prepositional phrase even though recently looks like an adverb and not a noun -maybe until is the head of the prepositional phrase and recently, though it looks like an adverb is a noun here, which seems odd but I still can't rule it out for sure.
Please share your expertise and shed some light.