I have written lately of the vagaries of punctuation and grammar. After my last piece about the dangling participle, I received a marvelous and unique correspondence from my friend, Natalie. I have memorized a number of things over the years, but never prepositions!
I met Natalie recently at a presentation I gave, and she recited them all!
Natalie’s Comment …
My, My! We had Miss Salois for English and she had the class commit to memory all the prepositions in alphabetical order. I still can repeat most of them today and I am 87 years young: aboard, above, about, across, after, against, along, alongst, amid, amidst, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, betwixt, beyond, by……….etc.
Miss Salois wore glasses that were held by a chain around her neck and she clipped them to her nose. She was very stern and thorough!
Among the things that prepositions are meant to convey is to indicate relationships between other words in a sentence.
Well Natalie’s proposition relationship with Miss Salois, though a stretch, does that.