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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.
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. Common examples include:
Archaic or infrequently used
Not fully grammaticized
Preposition-like modifiers of quantified noun phrases
- ago as in "five years ago", sometimes considered an adverb rather than a postposition
- apart as in "this apart", also used prepositionally ("apart from this")
- aside as in "such examples aside", also used prepositionally ("aside from such examples")
- away as in "five light years away", sometimes considered an adverb or an adjective rather than a postposition
- hence as in "five years hence", sometimes considered an adverb rather than a postposition
- notwithstanding also used prepositionally
- on as in "five years on", also used prepositionally (some other prepositions can also be used in the same constructs, such as "in")
- through as in "the whole night through", also used prepositionally
- withal archaic as a postposition meaning with
- ^ meaning "See definition 3 definition"
- ^ Rodney Huddleston, Geoffrey K. Pullum et al. (2002). "chapter 7 §3.1". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 618–620. ISBN 0-521-43146-8.
- ^ anent definition
- ^ betwixt definition
- ^ ere definition
- ^ forby definition
- ^ a b fornenst definition
- ^ outwith definition