List of English prepositions

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This is a list of English prepositions. In English, some prepositions are short, typically containing six letters or fewer. There is, however, a significant number of multi-word prepositions. Throughout the history of the English language, new prepositions have come into use, old ones have fallen out of use, and the meaning of existing prepositions has changed. The prepositions generally remain a closed class.


Single words

Multiple words

Two words

Three words

With as X as', a wide variety of adjectives can be used, so this could be treated as a syntactic construction rather than a group of multiword prepositions.

Preposition + (article) + noun + preposition

English has a number of idiomatic expressions which act as prepositions, but can be analyzed as a preposition followed by a noun (sometimes preceded by the definite or, occasionally, indefinite article) followed by another preposition.[2] Common examples include:

Archaic or infrequently used

Not fully grammaticized

Preposition-like modifiers of quantified noun phrases



  1. ^ meaning "See definition 3 definition"
  2. ^ Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum et al. (2002). "chapter 7 §3.1". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 618–620. ISBN 0-521-43146-8.
  3. ^ anent definition
  4. ^ betwixt definition
  5. ^ ere definition
  6. ^ forby definition
  7. ^ a b fornenst definition
  8. ^ outwith definition