Ibrahim emphasised on free expression and said greatness lies in total commitment to free expression. "When accusations are thrown at us, we do not have the opportunity to counter because of the absence, or lack, of free media. You have a free media (in India) and I think political leaders do not really like that. What happens in India, its ramifications are far greater than what you envisage," he said, adding in jest, "I agreed to speak at the India Today Conclave for some air time on TV."
Is 'on' needed? Some writers use it, others don't. That confuses me. Do native speakers difffer in usage of this word?
Re: emphasised on
"Emphasise" is a transitive verb; it does not need a preposition. It takes the object directly. You should remove it in order for the sentence to make sense.
Originally Posted by Tan Elaine