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:
English is preposition deprived.
~ bereft? ~ distressed? ~ straitened? ~ embarrassed?
Hm-mm, how many can I end one sentence with?
Am I missing something? Those aren't prepositions.
Where you see ~ bereft? think English is preposition bereft?
It just seems odd to me that, in a language with a million words, only about .015% of those words are prepositions. Yet prepositions are super important.
I guess the English language just has a thing for nouns, verbs and adjectives. English is also very keen at adopting or using words from other languages.
I have Mencken's book on the English language on order from the library, so I thought that thoughts FROM this community might help me prepare FOR the read when I go ON vacation.
I don't even know what a proposition is.
There you go. Preposition.
Maybe the language reflects our inclination to describe things and actions, and our relative lack of interest in relationships. Or vice versa?
Add two more, courtesy of the navies of English-speaking nations: fore and aft.
For reasons known only to OED, it says fore is a prep'n but is silent on aft.
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