[Grammar] where you can put things on

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Will17

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Hello,

Is "on" necessary at the end of this sentence, please?

"A shelf is a horizontal board where you can put things on".

Thanks a lot for your help.

Will
 

bhaisahab

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I'd go further and say that "on" is wrong there. You could say "to put things on" or, less likely in modern English "on which to put things".
 

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Hello Will17,

In your case, 'on' is used to refer to a flat surface.

A tabletop is a horizontal board to put things on.
A coffee table is a horizontal board to put things on.
A shelf is a horizontal board to put things on.

A jewelry case is a box to put things IN.


Personally, I would not say you are wrong but whether it is necessary depends on how specific and descriptive you want your definition to be.

A shelf is a board.
A shelf is a horizontal board.
A shelf is a horizontal board you can put things on.
A shelf is a horizontal board you can put books, toys and food on.

Hope that's clear :)

Calvin
 
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billmcd

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Hello,

Is "on" necessary at the end of this sentence, please?

"A shelf is a horizontal board where you can put things. [STRIKE] on". [/STRIKE]

Thanks a lot for your help.

Will

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