prepositions - on

Prepositions - On

1. On indicates location higher than something and touching it; on top of.

Pattern: on + noun
The newspaper is on the table.
Please sign your name on the dotted line.

2. On indicates an outside location.

Pattern: on + the + noun
He was standing on the corner of First Street and Maple Avenue.
Let's have a barbecue on the balcony.

Typical nouns after on the:
balcony, beach, corner, fence, field, ground, hill, horizon, lawn, patio, porch, roof, terrace

3. On indicates a surface location.

Pattern 1: on + the + noun
She rides her bicycle on the sidewalk.

Typical nouns after on the:
boardwalk, court, (baseball) diamond, field, highway, path, rink, road, rocks, screen, sidewalk, street

Pattern 2: on + 0 noun
That is the only place on earth where she feels safe.

Typical nouns after on:
earth, land, page one (or any other number), solid ground, water

4. On indicates certain inside surface locations.

Pattern: on + the + noun
There is a fly on the ceiling.

Typical nouns after on the:
ceiling, floor, stairs, steps, wall, window
first/second (or other number) floor

5. On indicates surface contact.

Pattern: verb + noun + on + noun
The child pasted the picture on the page.

Typical verbs:
glue, hold, paste, stick

6. On indicates location in a part of an area.

Pattern: be + on + the + noun + of + noun
The porch is on the side of the house.

Typical nouns after on the:
border, bottom, edge, end, exterior, inside, interior, left, outside, outskirts, first/second (or other number) page, right, side, surface, top
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    Basic English Usage
    To imply something means to suggest it in an indirect way, without saying it directly.
  • Larry's remarks implied that he'd be leaving the company soon.
  • The evidence seems to imply that the suspect is innocent of the crime.

    To infer something is to form a conclusion from the information available (especially if the information available does not state things directly):
  • From Larry's remarks, I inferred that he'd probably be leaving the company soon.
  • Based on the evidence, the judge inferred that the suspect was innocent.

    These two words describe the same event but from the two different sides (similar to lend and borrow). The speaker or writer implies a point (suggests it indirectly). The reader or listener infers a point (comes to their own conclusion after considering the indirect information).

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