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    in vs on

    I am going to go back to the school on August

    and now I have to book my airplane ticket.


    My English teacher in Korea said that on with bottom line in the sentence above should be changed to "in".

    But in my mind, I think people usually put on before month. Which is correct?

    Thank you

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    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    I am going to go back to the school on August

    and now I have to book my airplane ticket.


    My English teacher in Korea said that on with bottom line in the sentence above should be changed to "in".

    But in my mind, I think people usually put on before month. Which is correct?

    Thank you
    Your teacher is correct. We use "in" for months, weeks and years and "on" for days.

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    Re: in vs on

    Your teacher is correct, but if the date is included with the month, "on" is used, as "on August 25" or "on the 25th of August".

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    Re: in vs on

    I have a good grasp on IN and ON with regard to physical location. e.g. ON a ship, IN the yard, ON the field.

    But what about IN vs ON with money?

    1. This will save $500 ON tes
    2. This will save $500 IN testing.
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    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthShore View Post
    I have a good grasp on IN and ON with regard to physical location. e.g. ON a ship, IN the yard, ON the field.

    But what about IN vs ON with money?

    1. This will save $500 ON tes
    2. This will save $500 IN testing.
    2
    We spend money on something we are buying, so if we find a way to spend less, we save on it.

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    #6

    Re: in vs on

    ... in testing fees.
    ... in travel expenses.

    etc.

    In.
    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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    #7

    Re: in vs on

    Thank you for the replies. So how would you write my sentence down? "This will save $500 __ in testing expenses."

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    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by NorthShore View Post
    Thank you for the replies. So how would you write my sentence down? "This will save $500 __ in testing expenses."
    In this particular case, I think that either ould be used.

    I'd probably save $500 dollars in testing fees if I managed to reduce the fees I was paying, and on testing fees if I did not now pay any at all. However, I am not convinced that I'd give the same response next week; there may be no real difference.

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