• 1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off

  • 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy.

As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is followed by object or as an adverb if nothing comes after. Please, correct if I am wrong.

  • Yesterday, I walked down the street (preposition)
  • Hey buddy, do you know where I can find this store?

    Yes, it is a couple of streets down (adverb)

Does off in the first (1) sentence act as an adverb because nothing follows it? Or does it act as a preposition in the second sentence (2) as it is followed by an object “any item”.

  • Parts of speech are crude labels for syntactic function. Syntactic function has a semantic component. 10% is deducted or stricken from your bill. Is off a clausal complement? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 30 '18 at 0:33
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo No, it is not. – Bavyan Yaldo Nov 30 '18 at 0:50

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