In or On the Premises?

  • Thread starter Unregistered
  • Start date
  • Views : 81,183
Status
Not open for further replies.
U

Unregistered

Guest
Dear teacher,

Which should it be? "In" or "On" the premises? For example, is it "No smoking is allowed on the premises" or "No smoking is allowed in the premises"?

Thanks,
Shaz
 

Tdol

No Longer With Us (RIP)
Staff member
Joined
Nov 13, 2002
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
Japan

piousoul

Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2007
Member Type
Academic
Dear teacher,

Which should it be? "In" or "On" the premises? For example, is it "No smoking is allowed on the premises" or "No smoking is allowed in the premises"?

Thanks,Shaz

This is intriguing. I've just checked it in my dictionary, and Tdol is right about your question.
No smoking is allowed on the premises. That is to say, No smoking is allowd in the building.

I wonder why two different prepositions are used to express a silimlar idea here. Would some experts shed more light? Thanks.
 

Fizi

Junior Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2005
Member Type
Other
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Buildings can be thought of as large containers, which is why in is used.
Premises is an area of land, including any buildings that might be on it, so on is used.

If no smoking is allowed in the building, you might be able to go outside to smoke. If no smoking is allowed on the premises, you would not be able to smoke in the building or right outside.
 

piousoul

Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2007
Member Type
Academic
Buildings can be thought of as large containers, which is why in is used.
Premises is an area of land, including any buildings that might be on it, so on is used.
If no smoking is allowed in the building, you might be able to go outside to smoke. If no smoking is allowed on the premises, you would not be able to smoke in the building or right outside.:up:

Fizi, thanks for the most sensible and logical clarification.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top