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    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    use of "on"

    Is the use of "on" correct in this instance: participants brainstormed on various themes.
    Thanks for your prompt reply.

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    Re: use of "on"

    Hi, and welcome

    I was shocked to see that there are 240.000 hits in Google for "brainstorm+on". The reason is, "to brainstorm" is described by the Cobuild dictionary as "V, V n" type of verb, which means that either you use it alone (e.g. They meet twice a week to brainstorm and find new solutions) or with an object like this: We can brainstorm a list of solutions

    I tried "brainstorm+on" in the British National Corpus and it returned 0 results. So, to your question, instead of participants brainstormed on various themes, better try participants brainstormed various themes.


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    Re: use of "on"

    Thanks.

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