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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordic Bill
    Then again, we travel in cars but on airplanes.
    Yes indeed. Perception is the key We can say "I'll see you in Stockholm", and we also ""I'll see you at Stockholm", but many don't know why. In fact, the latter is rejected by many native speaker who spend their lives in grammar books and not "on the streets", so to speak.


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    Please take this one with a grain of salt since my prepositions need a jump-start every once in a while ...

    But I would interpret "I'll see you at Stockholm" as synonymous with "I'll see you once you/we get to Stockholm." It seems to have some "destination" effect to it.

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    But I would interpret "I'll see you at Stockholm" as synonymous with "I'll see you once you/we get to Stockholm." It seems to have some "destination" effect to it.
    Yes, right on the nose. It can be used to talk about a destination on an itinerary, for example, or to talk about a location that has ellipsis in the reference. "I'll see you at our headquarters/Stockholm office".

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    Then again, we travel in cars but on airplanes.
    Ah, yes, it's what's not there that proves the recipe: we board planes, trains, and ships. We get on board.

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    Never thought about the boarding part of that idea before, but that would definitely explain why we are in a rowboat but on a steamboat.

    Good one!

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    Default Re: HELP w/ prepositions in and on.

    what about

    i arrived on time = before the Appointment

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    I arrived in time =arrived at exact time of the Appointment

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    what about

    i arrived on time = before the Appointment

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    I arrived in time =arrived at exact time of the Appointment
    On time = at the planned time; neither late nor early:

    Peter wants the meeting to start exactly on time.

    In time = with enough time to spare; before the last moment:

    He would have died if they hadn’t got him to the hospital in time."

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    I submitted a similar sentence yesterday to a different thread, roughly reading: "The airplane arrived on time and I got to the airport in time to see it land".

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    I submitted a similar sentence yesterday to a different thread, roughly reading: "The airplane arrived on time and I got to the airport in time to see it land".
    Good sentence. And we could also say:

    "The airplane arrived in time and I got to the airport in time to see it land".

    "The airplane arrived on time and I got to the airport on time to see it land".

    "The airplane arrived in time and I got to the airport on time to see it land".

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    Gee, I don't know about the first and third ones. I wouldn't use them, but I'm the first to admit prepositions aren't my strong point these days.

    Mind you, the second one (with the 2 x on) would seem to imply that you had a check-in deadline for a flight of your own, which enabled you to be at the airport to see this other plane land.

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