Mrchuffie posted:

I would be grateful if someone could tell me what the function of the preposition of plays in the following sentence:

He received the honour of  being elected as the first president.

Hi, Mrchuffie -- In that sentence, the "of"-phrase ("of being elected as the first president") is the complement of the noun "honor," identifying what the honor was that he received. "Of" functions to introduce the identification.

"Being elected as the first president" may also be seen as a gerund noun phrase in restrictive apposition to "the honor," "of" introducing the restrictive appositive. Compare: He received an honor, that of being elected as the first president.

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