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    ON confusion/ in confusion

    I am attending a science theory class in school and did not get the topic very well so I am confused. one of my friend is trying to talk with me then I want to stop him, how I have to say


    1. Sorry, I am on confusion, so can we talk later?
    2. Sorry, I am in confusion, so can we talk later?

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    Re: ON confusion/ in confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobdeiter View Post
    I am attending a science theory class in school and did not get the topic very well so I am confused. one of my friend is trying to talk with me then I want to stop him, how I have to say


    1. Sorry, I am on confusion, so can we talk later?
    2. Sorry, I am in confusion, so can we talk later?
    You used the phrase you need in your very first sentence in this post. You simply say "Sorry, I'm [really] confused at the moment. Can we talk later?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ON confusion/ in confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You used the phrase you need in your very first sentence in this post. You simply say "Sorry, I'm [really] confused at the moment. Can we talk later?"
    Could you please explain the reason why the noun “confusion” should not be used. if I know the reason, I won’t commit the same mistake in future

    I got the below definition for confusion from Cambridge dictionary

    a situation, often with a lot of activity and noise, in which people do not know what to do:
    In the confusion after the bomb blast, I lost my bag and wasn't able to stop and look for it.

    Here, “in the” is used before confusion, however, since it is similar to Situation, it should be “on the confusion” right ?
    So the complete sentence is

    On the confusion after the bomb blast, I lost my bag and wasn't able to stop and look for it.
    Please clarify if I am wrong
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Oct-2013 at 10:39. Reason: Removed inexplicable links

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    Re: ON confusion/ in confusion

    There is nothing wrong with the definition of "confusion" as a noun. "In the confusion, I lost my bag" is absolutely fine. However, you tried to use "I am in confusion" instead of "I am confused". That doesn't work.

    There was a lot of confusion amongst the people on the plane.
    In the confusion, I lost my bag.
    The confusion that ensued was terrifying.

    The complicated maths class caused a lot of confusion amongst the students.
    I was very confused by the complicated maths class.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ON confusion/ in confusion

    "On the confusion" is not right.

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    Re: ON confusion/ in confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobdeiter View Post
    Here, “in the” is used before confusion, however, since it is similar to Situation, it should be “on the confusion” right ?
    Just because a word may seem similar, it doesn't necessarily follow that we use the same preposition.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Oct-2013 at 14:09.

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