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    on or in?

    The remains on/in the bottom of the glass looked suspicious.

    Which preposition is good?

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    Re: on or in?

    'In' if the remains are inside, 'on' if they are outside.


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    Re: on or in?

    Thank you, Bhaisahab. I knew there was something wrong about those remains.


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    Re: on or in?

    By the way, what about plates? The same?

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    Re: on or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    By the way, what about plates? The same?
    Now that is more problematic, it depends whether you think that you put things 'on' or 'in' a plate, personally I would say 'on a plate' but I'm sure others would say 'in'.There is an English expression, 'I've got a lot on my plate.' meaning 'I am very busy.'


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    Re: on or in?

    In Russian we say 'There is some soup in my plate' but 'There is a piece of meat on my plate', and the shape of a plate used for soup is different from one used for meat. Maybe that affects the choice of the preposition.

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    Re: on or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'In' if the remains are inside, 'on' if they are outside.
    OK, bhaisahab...for the sake of friendly discussion: The remains on/in the bottom of the ocean looked interesting. What do you think?

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    Re: on or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    In Russian we say 'There is some soup in my plate' but 'There is a piece of meat on my plate', and the shape of a plate used for soup is different from one used for meat. Maybe that affects the choice of the preposition.
    You are correct, Clark! The shape of the plate/bowl has a lot to do with the correct preposition. The soup would be 'in' the bowl that is setting 'on' top of your dinner plate.

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    Re: on or in?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    OK, bhaisahab...for the sake of friendly discussion: The remains on/in the bottom of the ocean looked interesting. What do you think?
    But the ocean doesn't have the outer side. So there is no ground for the opposition. Well, following the 'bowl' logic, should be 'in'. However we say 'on the ocean floor'.
    Last edited by Clark; 26-Sep-2008 at 10:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    But the ocean doesn't have the outer side. So there is no ground for the opposition.
    Clark, do you swim 'in' the ocean or do you swim 'on' the ocean?

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