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  1. ggomad
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    at or on, or else

    Kindly review the following question I struck upon in my studybook.

    All applicants need go through medical exams ____ the instruction of the HR department, or else they will not be considered for any position.

    A) to B) on C) for D) at

    I thought both B and D could be correct. My studybook says the answer is D without decent explanation. It's kind of confusing.
    What would you advise me?

    In which similar context can "on" be used, and what differences should I take notice to distinguish these two difficult prepositions in the above sentence or any other similar ones?

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    Re: at or on, or else

    [quote="ggomad"]Kindly review the following question I struck upon in my studybook.

    All applicants need (to) go through medical exams ____ the instruction of the HR department, or else they will not be considered for any position.

    A) to B) on C) for D) at

    I thought both B and D could be correct. My studybook says the answer is D without decent explanation. It's kind of confusing.
    What would you advise me?

    In that context, at means, with reference to; as per, in accordance with. On in that context refers to, based on.


    In which similar context can "on" be used, and what differences should I take notice to distinguish these two difficult prepositions in the above sentence or any other similar ones?
    Good question! It's often not that easy to tell. :( Mind you, as per (the) instruction is a common phrase. :)

    All the best,

  3. ggomad
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    Thanks for clearing things up!
    You really help me sleep light-hearted.^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggomad
    Thanks for clearing things up!
    You really help me sleep light-hearted.^^
    Honestly? That's fabulous! :D You're welcome. :D

  5. yulia
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    These prepositions is indeed a difficult thing. I mean that most of the times when you think that you were right, you prove to be wrong. I know that it's all a matter of time, but still...

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