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This is a list of English prepositions. In English, some prepositions are short, typically containing six letters or fewer. There are, however, a significant number of multi-word prepositions. Throughout the history of the English language, new prepositions have come into use, old ones fallen out of use, and the meaning of existing prepositions has changed. Nonetheless, the prepositions are by and large a closed class.


Single words

Multiple words


Two words

Three words

Archaic or infrequently used

Not fully grammaticalised

Preposition-like modifiers of quantified noun phrases


  • ago as in "five years ago", sometimes (wrongly) 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 (wrongly) 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
  • through as in "the whole night through", also used prepositionally
  • withal archaic as a postposition meaning with


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