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    at or on?

    Dear tachers of English,

    Please, help me with the preposition.

    ... hearing the news she couldn't help crying.

    I don't know - on or at.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: at or on?

    On hearing the news, ...

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    #3

    Re: at or on?

    I agree with soupy.


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    Re: at or on?

    Today my teacher of English said I must use no preposition. She said:

    Hearing the news, she couldn't help crying.

    I trust you Mr Soup and Mr Konungursvia because you are native speakers. But I am confused. Was she wrong? Please, help me.

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    Re: at or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by natasha View Post
    Today my teacher of English said I must use no preposition. She said:

    Hearing the news, she couldn't help crying.

    I trust you Mr Soup and Mr Konungursvia because you are native speakers. But I am confused. Was she wrong? Please, help me.
    Hi Natasha

    She, your teacher, is not 'wrong'. On is short for Upon:

    [1] Upon hearing the news, ...
    [2] On hearing the news, ...
    [3] Hearing the news, ...

    If anything, your teacher's phrase, [3], is more natural not to mention more succinct.

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    #6

    Re: at or on?

    Hello,

    I don't know whether can you use it without "on" (I usualy met hearing as an ability) but you could easily argue with your teacher or ask to explain her opinion.

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