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    stop on the outskirts

    Is the preposition "on" used correctly in the following sentence? I think not. I'd use "in" or maybe "at", but never "on". "

    We stopped on the outskirts.
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    Re: stop on the outskirts

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is the preposition "on" used correctly in the following sentence? I think not. I'd use "in" or maybe "at", but never "on". "

    We stopped on the outskirts.
    It's fine, you could also use "at". I wouldn't use "in".

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    #3

    Re: stop on the outskirts

    Would the following be possible too?

    We stopped on the suburbs.
    We stopped on the gas station.
    We stopped on the rest area.
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    #4

    Re: stop on the outskirts

    No.

    In the suburbs.
    At the gas station
    At the rest area

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    #5

    Re: stop on the outskirts

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No.

    In the suburbs.
    At the gas station
    At the rest area
    Then how come that with "outskirts" this structure with "on" works?
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    #6

    Re: stop on the outskirts

    Sometimes prepositions are just the way they are and no logic exists to explain why. I suppose if you conceive of the city as a woman, then you could physically step on top of the outer skirts worn by the city.

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