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    Inserting the proper preposition like in,on,or at

    1).While the children sat___the table, the cat slept___his basket.
    I Put ^At ^In


    2). Standing __the beach,he spotted a dead fish floating__the water's surface. Iput ^At ^In

    Are These Ok. :oops:

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    Re: Inserting the proper preposition like in,on,or at

    Quote Originally Posted by jiz07
    1).While the children sat___the table, the cat slept___his basket.
    I Put ^At ^In
    OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiz07
    2). Standing __the beach,he spotted a dead fish floating__the water's surface. Iput ^At ^In
    on, on

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    We generally use on with surfaces:
    • on the table
      on the floor
      on the ground
      on the door
      on the wall
      on the surface of the water
      on the river
      on the lake
      on the bed
      on the roof
      on his shirt
      on her skirt

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    We can use 'to' or, less commonly, 'onto' for the idea of something new that is meant to stay:

    He nailed the picture to the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We can use 'to' or, less commonly, 'onto' for the idea of something new that is meant to stay:

    He nailed the picture to the wall.
    How about:
    • He threw it at the wall.


    :wink:

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    Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.
    Yes, saying I threw something at Tdol would definitely be different from saying I threw something to Tdol.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.
    I don't think it is all that unusual. How about:
    • Myra was upset with Simon and she threw dishes and plates at him.


    What do you think?

    :)

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    The at\to distinction there is the same- it depends whether the person is expected to catch them or be hurt.

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    If she threw plates at him he'd be expected to duck. Or not.

    :wink:

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