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Little but Important Words

In the English language we have approximately 70 simple prepositions. About half of them have two syllables (under, over, behind, without) or more (underneath, notwithstanding).

Here’s just a partial list of simple prepositions:

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

 

Notice that many of these words show location (on, off, behind, under, etc.), some show time (before, after), while others show less concrete relationships (of, for, to, with).

 

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