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 Unseen on June 4, 2014 at 9:49pm

And...?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 5, 2014 at 12:40am

English is preposition deprived.

~ bereft? ~ distressed? ~ straitened? ~ embarrassed?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 5, 2014 at 12:42am

Hm-mm, how many can I end one sentence with?

Comment by Unseen on June 5, 2014 at 1:46am

~ bereft? ~ distressed? ~ straitened? ~ embarrassed?

Am I missing something? Those aren't prepositions.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 5, 2014 at 3:27am

Gotcha, U.

Where you see ~ bereft? think English is preposition bereft?

Comment by Andy Hoke on June 5, 2014 at 6:08am

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.

 

 

Comment by Simon Paynton on June 5, 2014 at 8:02am

I don't even know what a proposition is. 

Comment by Simon Paynton on June 5, 2014 at 8:03am

There you go.  Preposition. 

Comment by Erock68la on June 5, 2014 at 9:19am

Maybe the language reflects our inclination to describe things and actions, and our relative lack of interest in relationships.  Or vice versa?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 5, 2014 at 12:57pm

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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