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    in or on

    Hi,

    I wonder which sentence is correct? May I have your opinion?


    She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling.
    She clenched her hands on her lap to hide their trembling.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: in or on

    I'd say "in" for that one.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in or on

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd say "in" for that one.
    So would I, Barb.

    I am wondering about on. I know it's unlikely, but I think it's possible.

    ps. I have just found this: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=823250
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Nov-2010 at 14:26. Reason: ps added

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    Re: in or on

    I think it was you (wasn't it?) who said the size and nature of the object might determine whether you use in or on your lap?

    She has an atlas on her lap. She held her hands in her lap.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: in or on

    Not me, guv, though it seems to be a good idea.

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    #6

    Re: in or on

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    I wonder which sentence is correct? May I have your opinion?

    She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling.
    She clenched her hands on her lap to hide their trembling.
    I have just been working my way through questions, Silverobama, and I notice that you posted a very similar question earlier today. Please don't try to jump the queue by reposting. We do our best to get round to everyone. It only delays us if people repeat questions, and it is unfair to people who are patient.

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    #7

    Re: in or on

    Sorry.

    I forgot asking this question, but I didn't mean it.

    I won't do that again.

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    Re: in or on

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Sorry.

    I forgot asking this question, but I didn't mean it.

    I won't do that again. Thanks.
    No problem.

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