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    in or on?

    He's workin in/on a call center?

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    Re: in or on?

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would have said:

    "He's working in a call centre
    but:
    "He's working on a sculpture"

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    Re: in or on?

    oh, yeah, got it.
    But for Americans? Any idea?

    Yeah, working on a project, working on a report..
    I wonder if 'working ON a call center, or other place of work' would be right in anyway/sense?

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    Re: in or on?

    Working in or at a call center. There's no difference.

    (Working on a call center sounds like the person is in the construction trade and they are building a call center. Or perhaps an computer programmer working on developing the computers the call center will use.)

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    Re: in or on?

    thanks Neillythere and Barb! =)
    can anyone suggest a link, book or any sort where I would improve my prepositions? I left America when I was eight and am now twenty. My grammar has been influenced by one of the major problems of Filipinos - prepositions. Their grammar is undoubtedly contagious. Their bloodiest problem is preposition usage. Also, I wonder why then don't differentiate British English from American English. So when students reach high school, they are not aware that 'give me a ring' is British and 'call me up' is more likely American. Take into consideration the spelling differences. I wish new graduates of English teachers here were much more informed about the differences.

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    Re: in or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by paochai01 View Post
    thanks Neillythere and Barb! =)
    can anyone suggest a link, book or any sort where I would improve my prepositions? I left America when I was eight and am now twenty. My grammar has been influenced by one of the major problems of Filipinos - prepositions. Their grammar is undoubtedly contagious. Their bloodiest problem is preposition usage. Also, I wonder why then don't differentiate British English from American English. So when students reach high school, they are not aware that 'give me a ring' is British and 'call me up' is more likely American. Take into consideration the spelling differences. I wish new graduates of English teachers here were much more informed about the differences.
    I learned on these forums that it does not matter whether you say "give me a ring" or "call me up" as long as you prounance it clearly and make yourself understandable. Why do you think they should be aware of some expressions being American and other British?

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    Re: in or on?

    Because team A says 'Our teacher says it's favor, meter, etc.' while team B says 'It should be favour, metre etc.'.
    It's always a big deal in the Philippines.

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    Re: in or on?

    Hi. Yes, I was going to make a similar comment to Barb_D, to the effect that:

    "Working on a call centre desgn" i.e. the design of a call centre is OK, but......

    I accidentally caught the wrong button on my "Thinkpad" and it wiped everything out. There's a go back to the previous webpage button embedded in with the cursor keys. It's now called my "curse" button!

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