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    #1

    See the chart on the top of page 20

    Dear all,

    1. See the chart [ on / at ] the top of Page 20.
    2. See the chart [ on / at ] the bottom of Page 20.

    Do you use different prepositions depending on the following phrase, "the top" or "the bottom" in this case?

    It seems to me both prepositions in each sentence can be acceptable.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    You usually say "at the top or bottom of a page".
    The chart would be like sitting on the page and not within the page if it is "on the top of the page".
    Last edited by tedmc; 29-Jul-2015 at 06:17.
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    #3

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    I think either would work, although I'd prefer 'at'.

    If you weren't specifying the top/bottom, then 'on' would be the preferred option.

    Tedmc, I don't follow what you're suggesting. We often say ' see the chart on page 20'.
    Last edited by Skrej; 29-Jul-2015 at 05:43. Reason: clarified

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    #4

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The chart would be like sitting on the page and not within the page if it is "on the page".
    I deem it OK to say 'The chart is on the first/last/opposite/next page'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Tedmc, I don't follow what you're suggesting.
    He might mean that 'on the page' suggests 'above the page'.
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    #5

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    It should have been"on the top of page" as the title of the thread.
    I do know the difference between "on" and "above".
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    #6

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    Ted, I was also confused by your post #2.

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    #7

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    He said 'not within the page', so I guessed he meant 'above the page'.
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    #8

    Re: See the chart on the top of page 20

    I actually agree with Tedmc on this.

    If talking about a picture or diagram at the top or bottom of a page, I would always use "at". E.g. "The diagram at the top of page 20".

    If referring generally to a picture, or diagram, on a page of a book, without specifying where on the page that picture is positioned, I would use "on". E.g. "Please refer to the diagram on page 20".

    I know this is similar to Skrej's point, but in my experience of BrE, the difference between specific "at the top" or "at the bottom", and general "on page", is always maintained.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 29-Jul-2015 at 14:56. Reason: To get Skrej's name right!

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