Sticky Prepositions

What is a preposition exactly? We use them in our everyday language, mindlessly.

A preposition enables speakers and writers to express an array of relationships between the noun (or pronoun) glued to the sentence and the sentence itself. Without prepositions we wouldn’t be able to put the pot under the table, or above the table, or away from the table, or anything else. It would simply be a pot.

There are three types of prepositions:

  1. simple prepositions
  2. marginal prepositions
  3. compound prepositions

We’ll discuss the first on today — simple prepositions. There are approximately 70 simple prepositions  in the English language. Here’s a partial list of the simple prepositions:

about     above     after     against     at     before     behind    beside     between     beyond     for     in     into     of     off     on     onto     to      toward     under     up     upon     with     without

Many of these words show location and time, while others show less concrete relationships (of, for, to, with).

Next week: Sticky Prepositions, Again