Meaning of extraposition in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛkstrəpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/


mass nounGrammar
  • The placing of a word or group of words outside or at the end of a clause, while retaining the sense. The subject is often postponed and replaced by it at the start, as in it's no use crying over spilt milk rather than crying over spilt milk is no use.

    ‘I also have a student who wants to do a qualifying paper on extraposition from object.’
    • ‘Extraposition is not always just a matter of style.’
    • ‘Extraposition is thus one of a variety of means that speakers have at their disposal to express their opinion of what they are saying.’