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    cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    If I'd like to use the words 'bonnet' and 'power bulge' together, which preposition should I go for: power bulge in the bonnet or on the bonnet?

    Google gives a similar number of results for both.

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Under a subtle power bulge in the bonnet is a mighty V8 engine tuned by the AMG engineers to pump out 457bhp giving the car a blistering 0 to 60 time of 4.4 seconds with its top speed limited to 156mph.

    By Chris Russon (Girl power makes Mercedes sing - Car news and review - RoadRecord)

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Thanks Bennevis.

    Here autocar.co.uk, on the other hand, it's 'in'. Perhaps it doesn't make much difference.

    A power bulge in the bonnet is more than a little unnecessary on a 134bhp hybrid.

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    In my example, it's "in" as well. Go with it.

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    In my example, it's "in" as well. Go with it.
    Gosh, I know how to argue my case
    I meant to find an example with 'on'. Here it comes:

    From the outside, it looks much like the previous model, although if you get your magnifying glass out, you'll spot a power bulge on the bonnet. Topgear

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Power bulge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In your second example, the verb "spot" justifies the use of the preposition "on" (spot it where? - on the hood), but, in general, since the bulge is part and parcel of the hood, I do find "in" perfectly appropriate to use in that collocation.

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Never use those phrases with North Americans. They'll laugh at you.

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    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Never use those phrases with North Americans. They'll laugh at you.
    Do tell
    Is it just the 'bonnet'?

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    #9

    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    America and England are two nations divided by a common language. (Who said that?)

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    #10

    Re: cars - power bulge on/in the bonnet

    Everyone says it!

    Yeah, "power bulge" is pretty laughable.

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