# I can come now

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#### bmo

##### Senior Member
I can come to the party, so

Which one/ones are correct?

Thanks.

BMO

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
I can come to the party, so

'put down' means, write. When we write, we write on paper and in a book.

All the best,

#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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Put me down on yourlist, but please don't put me down. ;-)

#### bmo

##### Senior Member
Casiopea said:
'put down' means, write. When we write, we write on paper and in a book.

All the best,

Thanks to Casiopea and tdol, I was positive on the first one, leaned toward the second over the third, but now I am totally sure. Thanks. How come we say, "I read it in the newspaper, and there are dead rats in the streets?" I thought "in" is inside, and "on" is on the surface.

BMO

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
bmo said:
Casiopea said:
'put down' means, write. When we write, we write on paper and in a book.

All the best,

Thanks to Casiopea and tdol, I was positive on the first one, leaned toward the second over the third, but now I am totally sure. Thanks. How come we say, "I read it in the newspaper, and there are dead rats in the streets?" I thought "in" is inside, and "on" is on the surface.

BMO

We also say, "I read it in a book" or talk about dancing in the streets. Sometimes the logic of usage is diffcult or impossible to explain. (If anybody has an explanation tho, Cas does.)

#### Tdol

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When we say 'in the street' we don't just mean the surface, but the area within the boundaries of the street, IMO. I'd say we say 'in a field' forthe same reason.

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
tdol said:
When we say 'in the street' we don't just mean the surface, but the area within the boundaries of the street, IMO. I'd say we say 'in a field' forthe same reason.

Good explanation!

#### bmo

##### Senior Member
Thanks, it makes sense. BMO

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
You're quite welcome.

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#### Casiopea

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bmo said:
How come we say, "I read it in the newspaper, and there are dead rats in the streets?" I thought "in" is inside, and "on" is on the surface.

A newpaper is like a book. Between the front page and the back page of the newspaper there are pages inside, and hence "I read it in the newspaper." Also, newspapers are made up of columns and inside those columns words are written. The columns, like a street or a field, has two edges or boundaries. In the days of old, one stepped down into the streets and the fields, and hence the use of 'in the street' and 'in the field'.

All the best,

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