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    "On" used when saying that some part of a machine must be repaired/relaced

    Hello all users!

    On:

    used to show when someone is a member of a group or organization:

    Does the above definition also apply to parts of a machine? Do we use "on" with reference to a machine regardless of whether a part of it is (literally) on it or inside it. For instance: Changing a wheel on the car is a piece of cake. The wheel is not on the car literally. Could you provide some more examples of how to use "on" regarding a part belonging to a machine?

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    Re: "On" used when saying that some part of a machine must be repaired/relaced

    If your wheels aren't on your car, I don't know how you get anywhere.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "On" used when saying that some part of a machine must be repaired/relaced

    Suppose we have a part that is inside a machine. Do we also say: I would like to replace a clutch (for instance) on the pump. How about this: one off the valves on the pipe needs to be replaced. I repeat my question. Can we say that something on a machine needs to be replaced/repaired irrespective of the position of the part in relations to a machine whether it is inside or outside or in a machine? Maybe "on" is used when we are talking about repairs/replacements, otherwise we say "in" a machine.

    I may be wrong.

    Here are some examples I have found:

    On a ship, the engine room, or ER, is the propulsion machinery spaces of the vessel. On some ships, the machinery space may comprise more than one engine room, such as forward and aft, or port or starboard engine rooms, or may be simply numbered.
    On a large percentage of vessels, ships and boats, the engine room is located near the bottom, and at the rear, or aft, end of the vessel, and usually comprises few compartments. The engine room on some ships may be situated mid-ship, especially on vessels built from 1900 to the 1960s.

    What do you think

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    Re: "On" used when saying that some part of a machine must be repaired/relaced

    In my opinion we often say parts are "on" a machine even if they are inside. For example "The crankshaft and bearings on that 69 Mustang definitely need work, but the valves on it may be OK."

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    Re: "On" used when saying that some part of a machine must be repaired/relaced

    It goes to show that membership of a part or belonging of a part to a machine is involved no matter where it is located.

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