A (ab, abs)

Preposition used with Ablative only.
The circumflected accents are used to mark the vowels' length.


The form a is used before consonants, and the form ab before vowels, but sometimes before consonants also; abs is used in the expression abs te by you.
The preposition denotes separation or distance from periphery (surface) of an object / person and not from interior (cf. ex).

Non figurative usage

1. Space: from

2. Time (with the idea of remote origin): since, after

Figurative usage

1. Agent (in the passive voice): by

2. Cause (rare in classical Latin): from, for

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