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    in/on mainland?

    hello everyone,
    I have a question about in and on. I saw a sentence" Stock extends decline on mainland." on some website. So, I think that "on mainland" is correct. Once I wrote "many hongkongers work on mainland" in my assay. However my teacher cross out "on" and replaces "in" on above sentence. Why? And while one "on" or "in" is correct? thank you.

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    Re: in/on mainland?

    Welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken.P View Post
    hello everyone,
    I have a question about in and on. I saw a sentence" Stock extends decline on mainland." on some website. So, I think that "on mainland" is correct. Once I wrote "many hongkongers work on mainland" in my essay. However my teacher cross out "on" and replaces "in" on above sentence. Why? And while one "on" or "in" is correct? thank you.
    I would only say 'on the mainland'.

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    Re: in/on mainland?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken.P View Post
    hello everyone,
    I have a question about in and on. I saw a sentence" Stock extends decline on mainland." on some website. So, I think that "on mainland" is correct. Once I wrote "many hongkongers work on mainland" in my assay. However my teacher cross out "on" and replaces "in" on above sentence. Why? And while one "on" or "in" is correct? thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Mr. P.,


    (1) You have asked a fascinating question that has long interested me,

    too.

    (2) It appears that the language is changing right before our eyes.

    (3) Yes, traditionally it has always been on the mainland. Over the

    years, however, I have noticed that many media (newspapers, TV

    news programs) have been changing to in the mainland.

    (4) I can give you three other examples:

    (a) Everyone (well, almost everyone!!!) now refers to events in the

    West Bank (an area in the Middle East). I am more than old enough to

    remember when everyone used "on."

    (b) People also used to refer to events "on" Taiwan (or "Formosa"), but now


    everyone uses in.

    (c) I believe that most (not all) media now refer to events in the

    Korean peninsula, rather than "on."

    (5) I do not understand linguistics, so I cannot explain the change.

    My feeling is that when you say "in the mainland," that is just another

    way to say "in China" or "in the People's Republic of China." It seems to

    me that "on the mainland" is putting too much emphasis on the

    geographical aspects of the word.

    (6) I most respectfully suggest that you follow your teacher's

    advice.

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    Re: in/on mainland?

    Ken.P wrote
    Once I wrote "many Hongkongers work on mainland" in my assay. However my teacher cross out "on" and replaces "in" on above sentence. Why? And while one "on" or "in" is correct?
    I'm surprised that the teacher would 'correct' the "on" 'error' and not correct the omission of 'the' before "mainland" or 'China' after it.
    (The situation is further complicated by the fact that Hong Kong itself has island and mainland parts, but presumably Ken.P was referring to the PRC.)
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    a) Everyone (well, almost everyone!!!) now refers to events in the
    West Bank (an area in the Middle East).
    This is understandable as the West Bank is mostly spoken of in a political rather than geographic context.
    b) People also used to refer to events "on" Taiwan (or "Formosa"), but now
    everyone uses in.
    similar to a)
    c) I believe that most (not all) media now refer to events in the
    Korean peninsula, rather than "on."
    Here "in" makes no sense at all to me. The korean peninsula is not a single political entity. It is a geographic area occupied by two countries.
    Last edited by 2006; 16-Feb-2011 at 22:52. Reason: spelling

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    Re: in/on mainland?

    Thank you very much. I can't make sure which one "on/in" is correct because I saw "on the mainland" on newspaper as well. Refer to 12/2/20111 SCMP "Think big for the nation, HK told", here is a sentence from this post "Leung said HK companies should start thinking how to build good brand names on the mainland to capitalise on that opportunity.

    It confuses me so much. However I think that this question has no official answer because mainland china is just catching on in the recent years. So it is no definition in traditional English. Is this thought make sense?
    Last edited by Ken.P; 13-Feb-2011 at 02:09.

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