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    in versus on, again

    Dear teachers...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    Murder in the White House
    Murder on the White House.


    What's the difference?

    Many thanks

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    Re: in versus on, again

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    Murder in the White House
    Murder on the White House.


    What's the difference?

    Many thanks
    If someone committed murder in the White House, they did it inside the building. If it was on the White House it was presumably outside, on the roof.

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    Re: in versus on, again

    Thanks

    One more question:

    if we say 'on' the White House based on the fact that we don't know precisely where the incident happened...would it be wrong if it (had) happened inside the building?

    Many thanks

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    Re: in versus on, again

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Thanks

    One more question:

    if we say 'on' the White House based on the fact that we don't know precisely where the incident happened...would it be wrong if it (had) happened inside the building?

    Many thanks
    Yes, it would be wrong. Use "at" for that situation.

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    Re: in versus on, again

    No, you would say "on the White House" if it happened on the roof!

    You'd say "at the White House" if it happened in or near the White House, somewhere on the White House grounds. It doesn't have to be inside, but it could have been.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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