Top 45 Prepositions - Lexicon ll British Council Khulna

Out of the 2265 most frequently used words, 46 were identified as prepositions. However, 40 words were primarily used as prepositions, while the remaining 6 words were different types but could be used as a preposition. For example, the word “above” is an adverb, such as, “the text written above is accurate.” However, it can also be a preposition, “A general is above a captain.”

Because of the multiple meaning of words, the ordering of words were conducted by 1) taking the frequency of only preposition types, then 2) taking the frequency of (prepositions + other type), then finally 3) taking the frequency of (other type + prepositions).

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                    Word       Type
1 of (preposition)
2 with (preposition)
3 at (preposition)
4 from (preposition)
5 into (preposition)
6 during (preposition)
7 including (preposition)
8 until (preposition)
9 against (preposition)
10 among (preposition)
11 throughout (preposition)
12 despite (preposition)
13 towards (preposition)
14 upon (preposition)
15 concerning (preposition)
16 to (preposition, adverb)
17 in (preposition, adverb)
18 for (preposition, conjunction)
19 on (preposition, adverb, adjective)
20 by (preposition, adverb)
21 about (preposition, adverb, adjective)
22 like (preposition, verb, conjunction)
23 through (preposition, adverb, adjective)
24 over (preposition, adjective, noun)
25 before (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
26 between (preposition, adverb)
27 after (preposition, adjective, adverb)
28 since (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
29 without (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
30 under (preposition, adverb, adjective)
31 within (preposition, adverb)
32 along (preposition, adverb)
33 following (preposition, noun, adjective)
34 across (preposition, adverb, adjective)
35 behind (preposition, adverb, adjective)
36 beyond (preposition, noun)
37 plus (preposition, adjective, noun)
38 except (preposition, conjunction, idiom)
39 but (conjunction, preposition, adverb)
40 up (adverb, preposition, adjective)
41 out (adverb, preposition, adjective)
42 around (adverb, preposition)
43 down (adverb, preposition, adjective)
44 off (adverb, preposition, adjective)
45 above (adverb, preposition, adjective)
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