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    Question Preposition

    Hi,

    Please advise and explain the following sentences which one is correct:

    a) Please put a piece of chicken drumstick onto my plate; or
    b) Please put a bunch of chicken drumstick onto my plate.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: Preposition

    Neither is required. The drumstick has its own indicator: stick.

    Please put a chicken drumstick on my plate.

    (and on is more common than onto; onto sounds old-fashioned or formal)

    And bunch is wrong if you mean one. Bunch implies several (a bunch of flowers).

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    Default Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Please put a chicken drumstick on my plate.

    (and on is more common than onto; onto sounds old-fashioned or formal)

    And bunch is wrong if you mean one. Bunch implies several (a bunch of flowers).
    Maybe "onto" is old-fashioned in North America, but many of us still make a distinction between "on" and "onto" (and "in" and "into", for that matter).
    Although in this case it's not of semantic importance, it can be in something like "Mum! Tommy's rolling the peas on my plate!"

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