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    "in the tree" or "on the tree"

    I am always confused with the usage of some preposition phrases such as "in the tree" or "on the tree". Who can tell me how to distinguish between them. Thanks a lot!


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    Re: "in the tree" or "on the tree"

    Welcome to the forums.

    The birds were sitting in the tree - they were sitting on the branches inside the leaf canopy.

    The birds were sitting on the tree-branch - they were on top of the branch.

    Put that book in the box = put it inside.

    Put that book on the box = put it on the top surface.

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