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          Two similar prepositions:
         против and напротив

In this video we study the difference between the prepositions против and напротив


Против means “against” and we use it for example when playing “against” someone or when expressing that you’re not “against” someone else’s opinions/suggestions. Let’s see a couple of examples:

  • Я не буду играть против тебя
  • Если ты хочешь в кино, я не против

Напротив means “opposite” in the sense of an object/building being “opposite” something else. See the example below:

  • Напротив школы есть парк.

Now, let’s see this other sentence with “напротив” :

  • Он был готов к экзамену, а я, напротив, ничего не знал

Here the meaning is “on the contrary”, so in this sentence напротив is not really a preposition since there is no noun afterwards.

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