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    Default Onto or on to

    in the phrase,

    it is the one thing i hold onto..

    is the 'onto' correct?

    or should it be on to?

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    'It is the one thing I hold on to.' (Note correct use of capital letters.)

    'The plate fell off the table and onto the floor.'

    Rover

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    For me, 'on to' is always two words. It's always one word for many younger people

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'It is the one thing I hold on to.' (Note correct use of capital letters.)

    'The plate fell off the table and onto the floor.'

    Rover
    I'm so sorry for being too informal. I'll remember that from now on. Thank you, Sir.

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    For me, 'on to' is always two words. It's always one word for many younger people
    So then "The responsibility shifted onto Mike's shoulders" would be wrong in your view?

    See http://grammartips.homestead.com/into.html.
    Last edited by Allen165; 05-Jun-2011 at 16:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    So then "The responsibility shifted onto Mike's shoulders" would be wrong in your view?
    No. It's just that I would use two words.

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No. It's just that I would use two words.
    But sometimes whether one uses one or two words can change the meaning of the sentence.

    See examples 3, 4, 7, and 8 on the site I linked to.

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    Default Re: Onto or on to

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    But sometimes whether one uses one or two words can change the meaning of the sentence.

    See examples 3, 4, 7, and 8 on the site I linked to.
    That is the opinion of the person who wrote there. I do not share that opinion.

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