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What is the the hypernym for before and after? What sort of prepositions are they?

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The term is hypernym; I have edited your question accordingly. We will need further context, though, before we can attempt to answer it. Hypernyms, just like synonyms, depend on context. –  RegDwigнt Nov 6 '12 at 14:53
Actually, the original question was entirely understandable: the answer is prepositions of time. –  Andrew Leach Nov 6 '12 at 14:56
@AndrewLeach agreed! It was much clearer before the edit. Temporal prepositions or prepositions of time. –  Charles Nov 6 '12 at 14:58
@RegDwighт but you closed the question. –  Taurayi Nov 6 '12 at 15:11
@Andrew no, the original question was not clear. For all we knew, the OP was labeling a select box in a GUI, e.g. "ship [before/after] date". You know very well how many questions of that kind we get. And the word preposition would not have worked in that context at all. In fact it is still not clear whether "prepositions of time" suits the OP, as his follow-up question indicates. The idea is precisely to avoid such chains of follow-up clarifications, and instead have one clear question with one clear answer. –  RegDwigнt Nov 6 '12 at 15:31
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closed as not constructive by RegDwigнt Nov 6 '12 at 14:52

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