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"They trained their eyes on that patch of the sky, scouring it for signs of the cosmic accelerator that spat out the neutrino all those aeons ago."

(From ABC Science site.)

Is "ago" an adverb or a postposition in the phrase all those aeons ago? Or, it simply doesn't matter (a sort of unnecessary over-analyzing on my part).

I think it is a postposition linking the noun phrase all those aeons.

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tkacka15Is "ago" an adverb or a postposition in the phrase all those aeons ago?

You may as well ask

Is "ago" an adverb or a postposition in the English language?


If you delve into books and articles in English linguistics, you will find many scholars who prefer the term 'postposition' for 'ago'; nevertheless, dictionaries, being more traditional and conservative, say that 'ago' is an adverb, some saying that can also be considered an adjective.

Merriam-Webster: adjective or adverb
Oxford: adverb
American Heritage: adverb and adjective
Collins: adverb
MacMillan: adverb
Cambridge: adverb

CJ

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