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    on the car

    I might be mistaken but I think I heard it like this.

    "Stay on the car I'm gonna go and try to pull the footage off the traffic camera."

    Why is it "on the car" not "at or by the car"? Is it Ok with "pull the footage off.."?

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    Re: on the car

    You'd stay in the car or with the car or at the car. "On" would only apply if you were physically on top of the car.

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    Re: on the car

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You'd stay in the car or with the car or at the car. "On" would only apply if you were physically on top of the car.

    Not totally true. Certainly at/in/with exist but they mean something different than I think this extract does.


    This is mostly guesswork because the context is limited, but it seems to imply some kind of police situation? Surveillance, perhaps over cameras, or a car chase?

    Idiomatically, if you are following, watching or tracking someone/something then you do "stay on it"; you keep your focus on it, or you stay on the trail of it.

    You hear it a lot in spy/action movies, for example when two people are being followed, and then split off in different directions, one person doing the following might say to his partner:

    "You stay on the guy, I'll go after the woman."

    In the context of CCTV tracking criminals the same applies; you might hear something like

    "Stay on the door, they have to come out that way: all the other exits are blocked."

    Grammatical purists might dislike it, but it "on the car" could most certainly exist as a construction with this kind of meaning.

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    Re: on the car

    Yes, that makes sense.

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    Re: on the car

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, that makes sense.
    I'd like to back you up there by saying that I extracted that part from a famous american TV series "Hawaii Five-0". Guys for me English is becoming more complex than German!

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    Re: on the car

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I'd like to back you up there by saying that I extracted that part from a famous american TV series "Hawaii Five-0". Guys for me English is becoming more complex than German!
    High-five for me getting the context right!

    Any language is complex, and the more you study it the more it will seem so, in my opinion - but that's the beauty of it for me!

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    Re: on the car

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    High-five for me getting the context right!

    Any language is complex, and the more you study it the more it will seem so, in my opinion - but that's the beauty of it for me!
    You got ten points for that one.

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