I often hear teachers say "Open the book to page xx." Some of them say "Open the book on page xx." Which is more appropriate? To or on?
Thanks for answering my question. A good explanation on that one is highly appreciated.
(1) I am sure that you will receive many interesting answers.
(2) May I give you my views:
(a) I think that almost all Americans are more comfortable with:
Please open your books to page 453. =
Please open your books and keep turning the pages until you reach
(b) I hear that many British people prefer at.
(c) I believe that on is very difficult to do. It seems to say:
When you open your books, you must be immediately on page
453. I think that it would be very difficult for most people to
do that. Most of us would estimate where page 453 is, and then
we would open the book and keep turning until we found page 453.
Of course, if your teachers use on, they do not expect you to be
that skillful. Apparently, they have just decided to use on instead of
to or at.
There are now many varieties of English in the world.
(1) If you wish to follow American English, I do think that it would
be helpful to use to.
(2) As Teacher Bhaisahab said, at is used by our British friends.
(3) This website has some wonderful American teachers. I am
sure that they will soon answer you.
I have heard to in the UK as well, though at is more common.
Rest assured.I just want to have an assurance that my teacher uses the correct English when she says "to"
I've added a poll with this question:
Poll: Open your books ____ page twenty. - Language Polls - UsingEnglish.com
Native BrE speaker here, and I remember all my schoolteachers saying "Please open your books to page..."
I realise this disagrees with the other BrE speakers who have posted so far, who all seem to favour "at", but that sounds unnatural to me! I also realise that logically "at" seems more sensible.
"Please turn to page..." would be used very regularly.