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    Rachel Adams is offline Key Member
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    "On" in my sentence

    Hello.

    Is it wrong to use "on" in my sentence?
    "Go straight on until you see the traffic lights, then turn on the right."

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is it wrong to use "on" in my sentence?
    "Go straight on until you see the traffic lights, then turn on the right."
    With my correction, it may be okay in British English. We wouldn't use the preposition in the States.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    We wouldn't in BrE.
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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Anything's better than the directions I used to get in Rhode Island, e.g.:

    - Go left at the rotary.
    - Go halfway to the end of Lonsdale Boulevard and make a right.
    - Turn left where the liquor store used to be.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We wouldn't use the preposition in the States.
    We'd use "on" if "go straight" were replaced with "continue":

    Continue on until you see the traffic lights; then . . . .

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    GS was talking about the second 'on'.
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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    GS was talking about the second 'on'.
    Ah, yes. I am talking about the first. I'd replace "Go straight on," which I personally find very unidiomatic, with "Go straight" or "Continue on."

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    'Go straight on' is far more natural than 'Go straight' for this speaker of BrE.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    GS was talking about the second 'on'.
    No, I'd struck that out. I was talking about the first one. We Americans don't use the expression "straight on" as it's used in the sample sentence.
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    Re: "On" in my sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We wouldn't in BrE.

    In BrE would you use the second "on" before "the right"? Is it "Turn on the right" or "Turn right"?

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