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    Preposition to Dais

    Hi,

    Could you kindly clarify the following question of mine:

    Which of the following is the correct usage?

    John is requested to come on the dias.
    John is requested to come onto the dias.

    Also, kindly let me know the related rules around the usage.

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    Yadgiri Kunta,

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    Re: Preposition to Dais

    Quote Originally Posted by yrkunta View Post
    Hi,

    Could you kindly clarify the following question of mine:

    Which of the following is the correct usage?

    John is requested to come on the dias.
    John is requested to come onto the dias.

    Also, kindly let me know the related rules around the usage.

    Thanks,
    Yadgiri Kunta,
    I think you mean "dais", not "dias". A "dais" is a stand where someone stands to read out a speech or something similar. Is that what you meant?

    If so, then we would say "John is requested to come to the dais".

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    Re: Preposition to Dais

    I think "onto the dais" would be OK too.

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    Re: Preposition to Dais

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think "onto the dais" would be OK too.
    Really? If someone said that they went "onto" the dais I would think they had climbed up on top of it and were standing on it!

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    Re: Preposition to Dais

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think "onto the dais" would be OK too.
    I agree, though I would use two words 'on' and 'to'.

    Don't worry about that, yrkunta; I am in the minority. 'Onto' as one word is fine for most people.

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    Re: Preposition to Dais

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Really? If someone said that they went "onto" the dais I would think they had climbed up on top of it and were standing on it!
    This is one of the rare occasions when I disagree with you, emsr2d2. John is requested to come (up) on to the dais sounds fine to me.

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    #7

    Re: Preposition to Dais

    Don't worry, I relish disagreement!!

    However, there won't be disagreement on this any longer because I now entirely see why "onto / on to" are fine. In my head, I was seeing a lectern and thinking it was a dais. You can imagine why I thought it would be unlikely that someone would climb onto a lectern!!

    Apologies to the original poster for my strange error.

    I agree with the others: to / onto / on to

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