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    in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Hello!

    Could you please tell me whether the prepositions on and in are used properly in these examples?

    1) We went hiking in the mountains.
    2) She went skiing in the mountains.
    3) We got lost in the mountains.
    4) The old man lived in the mountains.
    5) She often goes hiking/skiing in the Great Smoky Mountains.
    6) There is a lot of snow on the mountains.
    7) We always go hiking/skiing on the same mountain.
    8) We got lost on a mountain.
    9) The old man lived on a mountain.(on top of a mountain?)
    10) She often goes hiking/skiing on Wedge Mountain
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    #2

    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Those are all perfectly fine. (Because you live on a mountain that doesn't have to mean you live on the top of the mountain.)


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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crowned 91 View Post
    Hello!

    Could you please tell me whether the prepositions on and in are used properly in these examples?

    1) We went hiking in the mountains.
    2) She went skiing in the mountains.
    3) We got lost in the mountains.
    4) The old man lived in the mountains.
    5) She often goes hiking/skiing in on the Great Smoky Mountains.
    6) There is a lot of snow on the mountains.
    7) We always go hiking/skiing on (or in) the same mountain.
    8) We got lost on a mountain.
    9) The old man lived on a mountain.
    10) She often goes hiking/skiing on Wedge Mountain.
    I am neither a teacher nor an English-native speaker, but am I wrong if I say that "on the mountain" should be used to refer to a specific or known mountain?

    "She often goes hiking/skiing on the Great Smoky Mountains." / We always go hiking/skiing on (or in) the same mountain.

    In the same way, I would like to ask for opinion on the eighth point, since I think that the person got lost in the mountains, as refering to an area or region.

    To my knowledge, there would be the following possibilities:

    In a/the Mountain: Inside the mountain (mining, potholing, caving, etc).

    In a/the Mountain: The mountain as a region or geographic area.

    On a/the Mountain
    : On top of/over the mountain (on the summit, snowing on the mountain, etc).

    On the "X" Mountain: A known or specific mountain.

    Thanks for your patience.
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 30-Aug-2014 at 16:16.
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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
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    I am neither a teacher nor an English-native speaker, but am I wrong if I say that "on the mountain" should be used to refer to a specific or known mountain?
    Yes, that makes sense. (Notice the examples posted by the OP.)

    Note that you don't get lost in a mountain, but you can get lost in the mountains.


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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Note that you don't get lost in a mountain
    are you sure that "in a mountain" could not be used to refer to a geographic feature, meaning a region or landform?

    [Please see posts #8 and #9]
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 29-Aug-2014 at 10:58. Reason: "on a mountain" is the correct expression
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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    If you are going to hike in the mountains make sure you have extra clothing, because the weather can turn nasty fast.

    (What type of geographic feature are you referring to? A cirque, perhaps? (I think you would find that on a mountain. The same with a glacier.)


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    #7

    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    A mountain is a geographic feature.
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    #8

    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Unless you're caving, you'd get lost on a mountain IMO.

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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Unless you're caving, you'd get lost on a mountain IMO.
    Yes, you are right.

    But also "get lost in the mountains" as a region.
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    Re: in the mountains/on the mountain(s)

    "Lost On A Mountain In Maine" (by Donn Fendler)
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