Inserting the proper preposition like in,on,or at

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1).While the children sat___the table, the cat slept___his basket.
I Put ^At ^In


2). Standing __the beach,he spotted a dead fish floating__the water's surface. Iput ^At ^In

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jiz07 said:
1).While the children sat___the table, the cat slept___his basket.
I Put ^At ^In

OK.

jiz07 said:
2). Standing __the beach,he spotted a dead fish floating__the water's surface. Iput ^At ^In

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We generally use on with surfaces:
  • on the table
    on the floor
    on the ground
    on the door
    on the wall
    on the surface of the water
    on the river
    on the lake
    on the bed
    on the roof
    on his shirt
    on her skirt
 

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We can use 'to' or, less commonly, 'onto' for the idea of something new that is meant to stay:

He nailed the picture to the wall. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
We can use 'to' or, less commonly, 'onto' for the idea of something new that is meant to stay:

He nailed the picture to the wall. ;-)

How about:
  • He threw it at the wall.

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Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.;-)
 

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tdol said:
Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.;-)

Yes, saying I threw something at Tdol would definitely be different from saying I threw something to Tdol.

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tdol said:
Good example- it's not often we see 'at' with movement and it does mean something different from 'to'.;-)

I don't think it is all that unusual. How about:
  • Myra was upset with Simon and she threw dishes and plates at him.

What do you think?

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The at\to distinction there is the same- it depends whether the person is expected to catch them or be hurt. ;-)
 

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If she threw plates at him he'd be expected to duck. Or not.

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If she threw them to him, then she would probably be annoyed if he ducked. ;-)
 
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