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:
- simple prepositions
- marginal prepositions
- 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