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    #1

    pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    Hello everybody!

    My wife and I have a tabby cat who has the habit of pestering us to let him go onto the balcony. The colder it is outside, the longer he stays there.
    I would like to say that he torments us with requests to be let out onto the balcony.

    Could I say:

    He is constantly pressing the point with us about being let out onto the balcony.

    He is constantly bugging us to let him out onto the balcony.

    He is constantly pestering us to let him out onto the balcony.

    What do you think?

    Thank you.

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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    The second and third work in BrE. The first is unnatural. To "press a point", one really needs to be able to speak. Is there something you're not telling us about your cat?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    He is a nice cat. My wife is a real cat lover whereas I prefer dogs. We (our cat and I) are, however, on miaowing terms.

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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    The only nice thing about cats is that they taste like rabbit when cooked over a low heat,

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    #5

    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    He is constantly bugging us to let him out onto the balcony.

    Should the preposition be "into" or "onto"?
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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    I'd use onto.

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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'd use onto.
    Why not "into"?
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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    "Into" usually refers to an indoor space. Balconies are an outdoor space.

    Let me into the living room.
    Let me onto the balcony.

    We stand/sit in a room, but on a balcony.
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    #9

    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Into" usually refers to an indoor space. Balconies are an outdoor space.

    Let me into the living room.
    Let me onto the balcony.

    We stand/sit in a room, but on a balcony.
    I was thinking about "going from one space to another". I did not know that "on" implies "out"
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    Re: pressing the point with us, bugging us, pestering us

    If you're going from one space to another, you have to consider the location of the space you are entering.

    I went from the living room into the kitchen.
    I went from the kitchen onto the balcony.
    I left the house and walked onto the street.
    I walked off the street into the building.

    The only exception I can think of to that "rule" is when entering a garden. For some reason, we always say we are "in the garden" or we go "into the garden", even though a garden is outside.
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