Prepositions: Types And Meaning

We discussed the proper use of prepositions just a few days ago.  This time, we dig deeper into the details of this important language component.

What Are Prepositions?

A preposition is a word to a group of words that show the relationship between two things, regardless of whether they’re objects, ideas or actions.  There are over 100 prepositions in the English language, many of which are naturally employed in day-to-day conversations.  Without prepositions, sentences will not only sound awkward but could foster a confusing meaning.

Using Prepositions

Most people make the mistake of using a preposition when it isn’t necessary.  That’s because it’s such a natural part of the language that it’s easy to include it  even when it doesn’t alter the overall message.  While not necessarily abhorrent, excessive use can make written work seem too wordy for its own good – just like a painting that uses 10,000 colors when the use of 10 will do.  If a sentence can hold up its meaning without the use of a preposition, you should let it be in peace.  Ask your favorite writing software – most of them should be good enough to point many of these follies out.

Kinds Of Prepositons

There are three general types of prepositions, each one indicating relationships with regard to either time, place or direction.  Time prepositions include such words as “after”,”until” and “during”; place prepositions, on the other hand, consist of location related terms such as “around”, in the corner” and “between”; direction prepositions, meanwhile, show where a subject is headed, such as “under”, “left” and “towards”.