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    On or to?

    The pacific Ocean is _______ the left of China
    a) To
    b) On

    My village is ___ the north of Sai Gon
    a) to
    b) on

    Do you think the two above use the same preposition?
    Could anyone tell me properly how to use On and To ?

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    Re: On or to?

    Belly, I would use "on" if it bordered what you are describing, and "to" if it were not bordering.

    (However, unless I'm way off, isn't the Pacific to the EAST of China, which would make it on the right on any map I've ever seen?)

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    Re: On or to?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    The pacific Ocean is _______ the left of China
    a) To
    b) On

    My village is ___ the north of Sai Gon
    a) to
    b) on

    Do you think the two above use the same preposition?
    Could anyone tell me properly how to use On and To ?
    The Pacific Ocean is east of China, not left or right of China. Your village is to the north of Sai Gon.

    ~R


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    Re: On or to?

    Yep, you're right, The Pacific Ocean is (on or to) left of china?

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    Re: On or to?

    I suppose that if you were looking at a map (upside down) you could say that the Pacific Ocean is to the left of China. It would be silly, but you could do it.


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    Re: On or to?

    You haven't answered my question yet, Ron BEe


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    Re: On or to?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    You haven't answered my question yet, Ron BEe
    I suppose that if you were looking at a map (upside down) you could say that the Pacific Ocean is to the left of China. It would be silly, but you could do it.
    ..........By Ronbee.

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    I wonder, can't we say, "My village is at the North of Sai Gon".

    I tend to use, "at" for a place. [/quote]

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    Re: On or to?

    Say:
    My village is north of Sai Gon.

    Or:
    My village is directly north of Sai Gon. (Nearby)
    _________

    What question have I not answered?

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    Re: On or to?

    Here are my picks:

    1. Standing the globe on its head, the Pacific Ocean is (located in a direction) towards/to the left of China.

    2. Standing the globe on its head, the Pacific Ocean is (located) on China's left.

    3. My village is (located in a direction) towards/to the north of Sai Gon.

    4. My village is (located) on the north side of Sai Gon.

    Does that help?


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    Re: On or to?

    Hey, don't we use on when it is a part of a province, country, city, etc, ?

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