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    What does 'onto him' mean?

    The salesman was trying to deceive me, but I was onto him.
    What does 'onto him' mean? Thanks.

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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    It means you have successfully guessed his secret intentions.


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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    As in 'onto his trail' or 'onto his game' or 'onto his tricks'. Whatever he said, because you knew 'where he was coming from', you could guess what he REALLY wanted.

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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    A spy who realises that someone has discovered his true identity or true purpose might contact his handler and say "Pull me out. I think they're onto me".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    I still prefer 'on to' as two separate words.

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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I still prefer 'on to' as two separate words.
    I toyed with that while I was typing it and genuinely couldn't decide between "on to me" and "onto me" so I stuck with the format from the rest of the thread.
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    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    In most TV crime dramas they avoid the problem by saying 'I think they made me'.

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    #8

    Re: What does 'onto him' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I still prefer 'on to' as two separate words.
    Some would consider only onto to be correct in this case.

    I was taught the difference as follows:

    'We walked onto the beach.' (We left the roadway and stepped on the sandy shore.)

    'We walked on to the beach.' (After stopping for a rest we carried on until we reached the sandy shore.)

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