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Top 50 Prepositions

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 Frequency Type
with 1062 (preposition)
at 624 (preposition)
from 622 (preposition)
into 301 (preposition)
during 103 (preposition)
including 58 (preposition)
until 54 (preposition)
against 46 (preposition)
among 37 (preposition)
throughout 27 (preposition)
despite 17 (preposition)
towards 16 (preposition)
upon 15 (preposition)
concerning 3 (preposition)
of 5220 (preposition, auxiliary verb)
to 4951 (preposition, adverb)
in 2822 (preposition, adverb)
for 1752 (preposition, conjunction)
on 1087 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
by 706 (preposition, adverb)
about 451 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
like 324 (preposition, verb, conjunction)
through 235 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
over 170 (preposition, adjective, noun)
before 141 (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
between 137 (preposition, adverb)
after 110 (preposition, adjective, adverb)
since 107 (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
without 89 (preposition, adverb, conjunction)
under 70 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
within 46 (preposition, adverb)
along 45 (preposition, adverb)
following 39 (preposition, noun, adjective)
across 36 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
behind 22 (preposition, adverb, adjective)
beyond 20 (preposition, noun)
plus 14 (preposition, adjective, noun)
except 6 (preposition, conjunction, idiom)
but 626 (conjunction, preposition, adverb)
up 296 (adverb, preposition, adjective)
out 294 (adverb, preposition, adjective)
around 101 (adverb, preposition)
down 94 (adverb, preposition, adjective)
off 74 (adverb, preposition, adjective)
above 40 (adverb, preposition, adjective)
near 13 (adverb, preposition, adjective)


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