The Web Storms Into English Grammar

Lingua Franca

As a flashback of our elementary school days, we remember that a preposition is a word which precedes a noun (or a pronoun) to show the noun’s (or the pronoun’s) relationship to another word in the sentence. The word preposition comes from the idea of being positioned before. (It is not true to say that a preposition always precedes a noun or a pronoun, but it does most of the time.)

Examples of prepositions are:  above, about, across, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, by, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, like, near, of, off, on, since, to, toward, through, under, until, up, upon, with and within.

For years prepositions remained more or less the same, so it was easy to remember their usage in everyday English communication.  Then some wise guy invented the Internet, and grammar began to change its…

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2 thoughts on “The Web Storms Into English Grammar

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for sharing this.

    I like language, how different people use it, and how it evolves through time, place, and culture.

    All good wishes,

    robert

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