does a noun phrase followed by a prepositional phrase form another noun phrase?


The road to hell

'The road' and 'hell' form two separate noun phrases.

Does, 'The road to hell' constitute as a noun phrase in its own right? if not why?

What about something like,

The road of power

(i.e: using the preposition 'of' instead of 'to')

  • Yes to all your questions. "The road to hell" is an NP, and so is "power". In your last example, "The road of power" is an NP, as is "power".
    – BillJ
    Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 9:34

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Yes, it does [form another noun phrase].

You can tell that easily by using it in a sentence with a main verb:

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The same can be done with any noun phrase.

The road of power is all in the mind.

  • Makes sense thanks!, one more thing would this hold recursively? i.e: 'The road to hell to power'
    – John
    Commented Sep 28, 2019 at 23:11
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    Not necessarily. In "You can follow the road to hell to power" to power is a prepositional phrase, and the road to hell is a noun phrase, the object of follow. However, "The road to the hell of power" is: "The road to the hell of power is smooth and slippery." But don't get the idea that to means that it cannot be a noun phrase and of means it must be. Each case needs to be examined, and the easy test in my answer is one (fairly crude) way of doing that.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 7:28

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