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Prepositions are words that express the relations between and entity and an activity or another entity. That can be in the spatial domain, but also in all kinds of abstract ways.
German and English have a LOT of prepositions, compared to Spanish for instance. Many of them look similar in German and English, but their meanings and uses rarely line up, so it’s better to not get too hung up on what the dictionary says.
German prepositions are always followed by a case (mostly Dative or Accusative) but to complicate things further, an important group of them can go with Dative OR Accusative depending on context and what you want to express. Lots of fun waiting for you :)
Learn more**Here are the posts in which I have talked about this concept in detail.**
A fun look at the prepositions in general. We'll explore the function(s) of prepositions in languages and then compare German and English.
Two way prepositions are prepositions that can go with Accusative or Dative. And which one to use depends on what YOU want to say (and if that makes sense :))