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    Preposition

    Maryis blaming Lau for her defeat in Sunday's Legislative Council election.

    In the above sentence, how to decide the use of preposition?

    Thank you.

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    Exclamation Re: Preposition

    At, on and in are the main prepositions in English indicating position. Generally speaking:
    in is used to specify position inside smaller areas;
    on is used to specify position on a line or continuum;
    at is used to specify position in a larger place.
    Use of an appropriate preposition depends mostly on how you think about it.
    An example. I heard certain news on the Radio-BBC world Service and saw it on the TV-BBC world and then wanted to verify the same in the news paper. So I can say:
    'I saw it on TV-BBC World, heard about it on the BBC World Service and then read about it in the Guardian Weekly.'
    In the example cited, the position of some one in the Legslative Council Eelection which is small area is described.So the appropriate preposition is 'in'.


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    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by maktau View Post
    Maryis blaming Lau for her defeat in Sunday's Legislative Council election.

    In the above sentence, how to decide the use of preposition?

    Thank you.
    Mary is blaming Lau for her defeat (a defeat which came as a result of her involvment) in Sunday's Legislative Council election.

    In can denote involvment.

    I'm taking part in a charity event.

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    In the example cited, the position of some one in the Legslative Council Eelection which is small area is described.So the appropriate preposition is 'in'.
    Although you have provided some good guidelines, I don't think in applies to position in this case. An election is an event/process which denotes involvment.

    Another example is

    Many people died in World War II.

    Their deaths are attributed to their involvment in WW2.

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