It recently dawned on me that although the English language has around 1,000,000 words, only about 150 - 170 of those words are categorized as prepositions. To wit:

 

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Comment by Simon Paynton on June 6, 2014 at 11:29am

"One lie is worth five white lies".  - according to Unseen's definition, this doesn't contain any prepositions. 

Comment by Unseen on June 6, 2014 at 12:09pm

Prepositions express more than spacial and temporal relations.

Sure, they express some other relations, such as logical relations, for example. Mainly, though, most of the time, the relations they express are external world relations.

Comment by Simon Paynton on June 6, 2014 at 12:15pm

"have you ever been prepositioned by a deaf guy in the middle of a thumping disco?"  - He wanted to go alongside, amongst and astride or possibly beneath me, things never reached that stage.  I indicated that I felt opposite, unlike and versus. 

Comment by Unseen on June 6, 2014 at 12:27pm

 think there is epic overthinking going on here. Anybody have proof that we're suffering due to a lack of prepositions?

Comment by Unseen on June 6, 2014 at 12:30pm

"One lie is worth five white lies".  - according to Unseen's definition, this doesn't contain any prepositions. 

I'm a writer, not a grammarian. Enlighten me. Which word there is functioning as a preposition? Not can be used as one but is actually being used there as a preposition.

Comment by kris feenstra on June 6, 2014 at 1:26pm

In that sentence, 'worth' is functioning as a preposition.

Comment by Unseen on June 6, 2014 at 1:36pm

I'll have to take your word for it. My use of English has always been instinctive rather than technical. I've always admired people who use English in a rule-bound fashion. My usage is "by ear."

Comment by kris feenstra on June 6, 2014 at 2:04pm

I'd say, if you envision grammar (not effective writing or speaking, but just grammar alone) as a body of water, everyone should at least learn to tread water. Not everyone needs to be an Olympic swimmer or a deep sea diver. I can't actually dive that deep myself, as much as I'd like to invest the time into learning more.

It don't know if it has anything to do with being rule-bound; it's just, as with any endeavour or system, some want to analyze more than others. Motives likely differ.

Comment by Unseen on June 6, 2014 at 2:17pm

I've been edited many many times and have seldom been caught making a serious error in either grammar or spelling. I get "which" and "that" right every time ,for example, even though when I read the rule, my eyes glaze over. LOL

I just know. My spelling, too, is 99.999% correct. If you see a misspelling in a post, chances are it's either a typo or a lapse in attention rather than not knowing the correct spelling.

Comment by Simon Paynton on June 6, 2014 at 7:58pm

Prepositions express relationships between things.  I can understand that.  One thing has a relationship with another.

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