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    Wink onto/ on/ on about ??

    Hello everyone!
    I'd be grateful if somebody could explain the meaning of the prepositions in these following sentences:

    I'm onto something.
    I'm on to you.
    What are you on about?

    (is there a difference between 'onto' and 'on to'?)

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: onto/ on/ on about ??

    I'm onto something- I'm chasing something, on the trail
    What are you on about- What do you mean, what are you talking about

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    Default Re: onto/ on/ on about ??

    Quote Originally Posted by ruofei
    Hello everyone!
    I'd be grateful if somebody could explain the meaning of the prepositions in these following sentences:

    I'm onto something.
    I'm on to you.
    What are you on about?

    (is there a difference between 'onto' and 'on to'?)

    Thanks!!
    The last one: I am onto you means I know you are up to no good and I am watching you, I am keeping an eye on you because I have a feeling you are trouble.

    ex.
    Even though I know you cheated in this game last time, I will play again but this time you'd better watch it... I am onto you!

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    Default Re: onto/ on/ on about ??

    Thank you to both of you, always here when we need you

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    Default Re: onto/ on/ on about ??

    Quote Originally Posted by ruofei
    Thank you to both of you, always here when we need you
    You are very welcome!

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