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    #1

    Thereon or on it?

    The prelusive sentence: "This is the (chess) game I played yesterday."

    Now, I would like to know what sounds better as a continuation: "What's your opinion on it?"
    or "What's your opinion thereon?" ?

    Are these 2 options equally frequent, are they both even possible, or is thereon a bit archaic?

    Same with therein / in it etc.

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    #2

    Re: Thereon or on it?

    I would say: "What is your opinion of it?" The "on it" option would be my second choice, but only if you held a gun to my head.



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    #3

    Re: Thereon or on it?

    I'd only expect to see 'thereon' in a legal document.

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    #4

    Re: Thereon or on it?

    Thank you both. So "What's your opinion on it" would be appropriate?
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    #5

    Re: Thereon or on it?

    Given that post #2 says that we would have to hold a gun to Tarheel's head before he would use it, what do you think?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Thereon or on it?

    I thought that meant that he could hardly decide which one he would use (thereon or on it), so if someone put a gun to his head (meaning he is forced to make a decision), he would choose "on it".

    I didn't understand that he wanted to say that he would never use it.

    This link seems to confirm that "of it" is most usual, although it sounds odd to me:
    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/opin...opinion-about/
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    Re: Thereon or on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fear not, only believe View Post
    I thought that meant that he could hardly decide which one he would use (thereon or on it), so if someone put a gun to his head (meaning he is forced to make a decision), he would choose "on it".

    I didn't understand that he wanted to say that he would never use it.

    This link seems to confirm that "of it" is most usual, although it sounds odd to me:
    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/opin...opinion-about/
    I meant that I have never used either option that you offered, but as a native speaker of American English I can give you some possibilities:

    What is your opinion of it?
    What do you think about it?
    What are your thoughts on the matter?
    What's your opinion?
    What do you think?

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    #8

    Re: Thereon or on it?

    In the U.S., we have what we call the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid!

    So I'd say "What do you think?"

    I've never heard anyone say thereon in my life. I was born in 1952.

    And we don't say "What's your opinion on it?" We say "What's your opinion of it?"

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    Re: Thereon or on it?

    Note that we do say "Do you have an opinion on that?" or "Can I have your opinion/thoughts on that?" I think it just comes down to usage because I would say "What's your opinion of that/it?" so, for me, the words used at the beginning of the sentence dictate what I would say later in the sentence.
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    Re: Thereon or on it?

    Thanks everyone, now I have a definite opinion on "thereon" and think of it as out of date.

    Everything correct?
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