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    build / build on

    Hello,
    I've read
    1) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building on the skyscraper which will replace..."

    I was wondering, if I write:
    2) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building the skyscraper..."
    the sentence is correct? The two sentences have the same meaning?

    What "bothers" me in the sentence 1) is that "build on (sth)" means to use sth as a basis and here we are not talking about the basis of the new building...

    Am I being clear? :?

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    Re: build / build on

    Quote Originally Posted by fab54
    Hello,
    I've read
    1) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building on the skyscraper which will replace..."

    I was wondering, if I write:
    2) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building the skyscraper..."
    the sentence is correct? The two sentences have the same meaning?

    What "bothers" me in the sentence 1) is that "build on (sth)" means to use sth as a basis and here we are not talking about the basis of the new building...

    Am I being clear? :?
    I agree with you. :D

    1. "...mark the start of building the skyscraper..." :D
    2. "...mark the start of building onto the skyscraper..." (i.e. adding to)
    3. "...mark the start of building(,) on the skyscraper..." :(

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    Re: build / build on

    Quote Originally Posted by fab54
    Hello,
    I've read
    1) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building on the skyscraper which will replace..."

    I was wondering, if I write:
    2) "A ceremony has begun to mark the start of building the skyscraper..."
    the sentence is correct? The two sentences have the same meaning?

    What "bothers" me in the sentence 1) is that "build on (sth)" means to use sth as a basis and here we are not talking about the basis of the new building...

    Am I being clear? :?
    I agree with you. :D

    1. "...mark the start of building the skyscraper..." :D
    2. "...mark the start of building onto the skyscraper..." (i.e. adding to)
    3. "...mark the start of building(,) on the skyscraper..." :(

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