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anagahan

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is there any significant distinction between "on" & "onto" and particular rules when each of them should be used or they are interchangeable ?
 

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Hi anagahan,

To the extent that these pairs do differ, the compound preposition "on(to) conveys the completion of a action, while the simple preposition "on" points to the position of the subject as a result of that action. This distinction helps us
understand haw directional and locational prepositions are related. They stand in the relationship of cause and effect.

Anagahan fell on(to) the floor.
Vil is on the floor.

The plane landed on the runway. (not on(to) the runway)
Sam hang the decoration on the Christmas tree. (not on(to) the tree.)

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anagahan

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mmmmmmm, hmhm...ok, i get the difference among the examples stated above....Thank You!

just some additional questions, to make myself sure I really got this

this is the example actually which invoked the question I posted

eg. A whole range of new electronic household appliances comes onto the market

it was stated that onto needs to be used, does not give on as an "or-option", so is it because " household appliances coming onto the market" is seen as some sort of completion of the action (even though the household appliances keep coming, the ones that had already come, are seen as something complete)?

it does get a bit confusing :oops:


and from what I got, if im not sure whether to use on or onto, the use of on would be correct?!
 

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Hi anagahan,

on the market = for sale, also available for buying

We've put the boat on the market. "on" points to the position of the subject as a result of that action.

This is the only tandem bicycle on the market right now.

"on(to) conveys the completion of a action

Tesla Motors crashes onto the market.

When does car reg.2008 come onto the market?

Lots of drugs coming onto the market are not necessarily more effective than the options already available, but they are almost always more expensive.

There is no doubt about that.

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I hate to admit this but now I got confused :oops: :oops: :oops:

ill need some time to digest this and distinguish it for good...in the meantime Ill stick to "on" :roll:
 
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