If you take some kind of material (such as wool) and (physically) paste/place it onto another kind of material: it is pasted/placed on. In the same sense as you would place a glass on a table. The same idea can be applied to the newspaper example: when they make newspapers, they print the words/pictures on the page. However when you speak about the words and pictures once they have been printed, you refer to them as being in the paper.
In normally means within the confines of. For instance, I put the money in my pocket (within the confines of my pocket), but unfortunately in is also used in less clear circumstances (such as in the paper).
I think it is often a case of having to learn a lot of prepositions as you learn the phrases they accompany. I have found this to be true when trying to learn French. The preposition with in English has various French equivalents.
Il ecrit avec un crayon = He writes with a pencil
Il ecrit de la main gauche = He writes with his left hand
(Schaum's Outlines: French Grammar).
I think the difficulties of preposition use (in general) are well illustrated by you, jctgf, as regardless your good level of English, you still struggle with them at times.
Given, in this context seems to be the adjective form of the word, and when used in this sense it normally preceeds the noun phrase (or at least that is my understanding).
... the given picture.
I struggle to see how given can be a verb in this sentence without it exhibiting the form of a past tense, perfect tense or passive construction.
... the picture I gave you.
... the picture I have given you.
... the picture you were given.
But please, Raymott, let me know why you think (or know) the original sentence is correct.
The first 3 seem common, but for some reason the 4th makes me suspicious because I don't often come across given used in such a manner (totally unfounded suspicion). I was wrong to question the sentence.
Roselin, your sentence is fine (sorry for any confusion I have caused).
However as Raymott sugested you can use the preposition onto (which is perhaps the better choice) but on is also fine.
I have a doubt regarding the verb ''paste'', please. I know it's very used in Microsoft Office to mean ''stick'', ''glue'' or something similar. I'd like to know if it can be used in informal talks, please.
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1 [T usually + adverb or preposition] to stick something to something, especially with paste:
You can make your own distorting mirror by pasting a sheet of kitchen foil to a piece of thin cardboard.
They went to arrest him inthe murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Why did nobody notice the word murder, here? Why murders and not murder ?