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    preposition 'on' or 'in'

    I go to a restaurant on New Year’s Eve.
    In the sentence above I have used a preposition ‘on’. My teacher said it is wrong and it should be ‘in’. One of my native American friends said that he would also use ‘on’. Are we right in thinking?

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    On New Year's Eve.
    'During' is acceptable but not 'in'. You cannot be 'in' just as you could not be 'out of' New Year's Eve.

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    I go to a restaurant on New Year’s Eve.
    In the sentence above I have used a preposition ‘on’. My teacher said it is wrong and it should be ‘in’. One of my native American friends said that he would also use ‘on’. Are we right in thinking?
    "ON", and maybe you should suggest that your teacher join the forum.

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Shouldn't that be 'your teacher joins the forum'?

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    #5

    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    I've heard the subjunctive was more alive in the US than in the UK.

    I'd use "join" there as well.

    As in, I suggest he go, and quickly.
    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: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    Shouldn't that be 'your teacher joins the forum'?
    Imperatives, requests, wishes, suggestions etc. may use the subjunctive verb form, in this case a singular subject (teacher) and plural verb form (join).

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've heard the subjunctive was more alive in the US than in the UK.

    I'd use "join" there as well.

    As in, I suggest he go, and quickly.
    I would use "join" as well.

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    This is all about semantics. I suggest that the more natural version is the one I put forward. The other has an awkward sound to it.
    Given that this forum is to help those who need to understand English and even more importantly speak understandable English, then the simpler the better. Teacher is singular, and a learner would expect to see the singular use of the verb. The rest can wait for more advanced learning.

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    This is all about semantics. I suggest that the more natural version is the one I put forward. The other has an awkward sound to it.
    Given that this forum is to help those who need to understand English and even more importantly speak understandable English, then the simpler the better. Teacher is singular, and a learner would expect to see the singular use of the verb. The rest can wait for more advanced learning.
    OK, but students of English at all levels use this site. It's great to point out that you think your "version" is more natural. It's also right that other native English speakers/teachers should put forward their knowledge of the language, and say what they find natural, for the benefit of more advanced learners.

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    Re: preposition 'on' or 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    OK, but students of English at all levels use this site. It's great to point out that you think your "version" is more natural. It's also right that other native English speakers/teachers should put forward their knowledge of the language, and say what they find natural, for the benefit of more advanced learners.
    As you may have noted from other threads, apex, I am one who questions the need for labelling forms as 'subjunctive. However, I am with bhaisa on this.

    You write, "This is all about semantics. I suggest that the more natural version is the one I put forward. The other has an awkward sound to it." IMHO, it has an awkward sound only to those who do not use it. To those who do use it, the alternative sound awkward.

    Given that this forum is to help those who need to understand English and even more importantly speak understandable English, then the simpler the better.
    Agreed - so long as 'simple' does not been 'artificially simplified'.

    Teacher is singular, and a learner would expect to see the singular use of the verb. And in the construction we are talking about, a form appropriate to a singular noun is used. (It's not a plural verb, bilmcd; it's a present subjunctive form, which is the same for all persons.)

    The rest can wait for more advanced learning.
    A full explanation perhaps can wait for more advanced levels, but to delay what some consider to be the only 'correct' form would seem to be allowing a teacher's opinion to influence the amount of knowledge a learner has a right to.

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