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    Question The power switch is in the top left corner

    Hi,

    Which one is more appropriate and why?

    The power switch is in the top left corner.

    The power switch is on the top left corner.

    Thanks


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which one is more appropriate and why?

    The power switch is in the top left corner.

    The power switch is on the top left corner.

    Thanks
    This is the correct sentence.

    The power switch is in the top left corner.

    A corner is a place with boundaries or limitations. We use "in" for spaces or places in the physical world or in time that are enclosed or that have boundaries or limitations.

    We use "on" for surfaces. A corner is not a surface. It is a space.

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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

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    This is the correct sentence.

    The power switch is in the top left corner.

    A corner is a place with boundaries or limitations. We use "in" for spaces or places in the physical world or in time that are enclosed or that have boundaries or limitations.

    We use "on" for surfaces. A corner is not a surface. It is a space.
    Unless it's on some sort of box structure, "The power switch for the guitar amplifier is on the top left hand corner" for example.

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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Please elaborate how does the guitar amplifier changes the preposition from in to on.
    This is something which would be attached to the power switch and is not already there.
    Please clarify


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

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    Unless it's on some sort of box structure, "The power switch for the guitar amplifier is on the top left hand corner" for example.
    That's possible, though I'm not exactly sanguine about the idea.


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Hmm Sanguine, it means confident, right?


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

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    Hmm Sanguine, it means confident, right?
    Yes, you can say that. You can, also, say "cheerully confident and optimistic".

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    #8

    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Please elaborate how does the guitar amplifier changes the preposition from in to on.
    This is something which would be attached to the power switch and is not already there.
    Please clarify
    If the power switch is on the amplifier, on the top, in the corner for example.
    It's probably not a very good example in fact, I just wanted to point out that it is possible for things to be on a corner as well as in a corner, a corner can be an external angle.


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Here's another example from Mr. Spock.


    You find out anything from the computer?
    Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here.
    You admit that?
    To deny the facts would be illogical.
    Then you don't mind if I play a hunch?
    I'm not sanguine about hunches, Captain, but I have no practical alternative.
    What now,Jim?


    Star Trek Sickbay - TOS: Episody - 50 - A Piece Of The Action - Transcript


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    Re: The power switch is in the top left corner

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If the power switch is on the amplifier, on the top, in the corner for example.
    It's probably not a very good example in fact, I just wanted to point out that it is possible for things to be on a corner as well as in a corner, a corner can be an external angle.
    An example just came to mind. People can stand on the corner, meaning on the street corner or the corner of a street.

    They're standing on the corner waiting for the bus.

    I'm more sanguine this idea.


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