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    in, inside, on top of, on...

    Hello there,

    I'd like to aks you about the following sentences:

    1) I always think that people talk _____ my back about me and my boyfriend. ---> which preposition suits best?

    a) behind (I guess that this one)
    b) at
    c) on

    2) I like riding a bik, but two weeks ago I leaned it against the fence and went _____ the pub and someone stole it!

    a) inside
    b) into
    c) in

    What's the difference would it make if I used a), b) or c) ?

    3) When we go skiing, my father puts the skis _____ the car

    a) on top of
    b) on the top of
    c) on

    Again, what's the difference between these 3 answers? Btw. can I ask "what's the difference between those/these 3 answers" or is between restricted to 2 and no more?

    best wishes,

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    Cool Re: in, inside, on top of, on...

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Hello there,

    I'd like to aks you about the following sentences:

    1) I always think that people talk _____ my back about me and my boyfriend. ---> which preposition suits best?

    a) behind (I guess that this one) You guessed correctly!
    b) at
    c) on

    2) I like riding a bik, but two weeks ago I leaned it against the fence and went _____ the pub and someone stole it!

    a) inside
    b) into
    c) in

    What's the difference would it make if I used a), b) or c) ?

    Of all of the three options, the best one seems b) (went) into = enter a place. With verbs of motion, like go, we normally use the preposition into followed by an object (in this case, go into the pub); if there was no object, then you could use in (There was a pub on my way home, so I decided to go in.). Inside isn't used with verbs of motion.
    This is what I think.

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