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Why do we say “the Indians were put on reservations” and not “in reservations”

The preposition "on" is used to refer to a surface like "on the floor" or "on the ceiling" "in" is used to refer as a enclosed space like "in a country" or "in a city". Why do we say "the Indians ...
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2answers
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Which is more grammatically correct - “performance in” or “performance on”?

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? a. John's performance on the test shocked the teacher. (or) b. John's performance in the test shocked the teacher.
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“For/during/on/in the first two nights”

He slept very well for the first two nights, but on the third night, he did not. Can I say “in the first two nights”, “during the first two nights” or “on the first two nights” instead of “for ...
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2answers
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“On the header” vs. “in the header”

Include logo on the header of all the pages. In the above sentence, is it correct to use on or should it be in? I have a decent idea of where to use on and in most of the time. But in the above ...
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2answers
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“The first step in making” vs. “the first step on making” vs. “the first step at making”

I have this sentence: I strongly believe that the first step in making the most efficient solution for any problem is analyzing it well. Would it be better to use either of the following? ...
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2answers
141 views

“There is a car on/in the street”

Do we use in or on when we want to talk about some action or event that takes place in/on the street? This car has been parked [in/on] our street for a week now. There's nobody [in/on] the ...
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2answers
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Is it wrong to use “The Albatross is now on the sky”? [closed]

Is it wrong to use "The Albatross is now on the sky"? Is it like we should always say "The Albatross is now in the sky"? I would like to get an explanation for this. Thanks.
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0answers
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how to use “in” and “on” different things [duplicate]

There is a really big confusion in me when it comes to using "in" and "on". If I am describing a position of an object I know how the two words differ, but when it comes to other things it really ...
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81 views

“In the roads” vs. “on the roads” [duplicate]

He is driving in the roads of the mountain. He is driving on the roads of the mountain. Which is correct, "in the roads" or "on the roads"?
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2answers
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“In the market” or “on the market”

I am trying to help a friend of mine proofreading an English email and she has a preposition there that I am not completely certain is correct. The original sentence was this: [Name of the ...
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5answers
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Does a pedestrian walk 'in' the road, or 'on' the road (both are correct, but which is right?)

Having a bit of a debate about this with some foreign colleagues of mine. I've always used the phrase 'I'm walking in the road', they think that you should say 'I'm walking on the road'.. I'm not ...
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1answer
909 views

“Place the television on/in the left corner and sofa set at/in the right corner”

One question came in my exam: We've decided to place the television on/in the left corner and sofa set at/in the right corner of the room. For non-livings there should be a common preposition. ...
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1answer
132 views

Is it “on top of sth” or “in top of sth”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to say “the bird is in the tree” or “on the tree”? I have always been inclined to use the preposition "on" rather than "in" but I've come across a usage ...
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0answers
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“In time” or “On time”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “In time ” versus “on time” “On time” vs. “in time” I am confused between usages of "On" and "In" in following ...
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3answers
355 views

Fire (at, on, in, to) target

How to correctly choose the preposition in "fire (at, on, in, to) target"?
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0answers
15k views

“On time” vs. “in time” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “In time ” versus “on time” I don't know if there is any difference. Which of the following should I use? I'll be on time to catch the ...
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2answers
2k views

“Stop by” vs. “stop at” vs. “stop on” vs. “stop in”

What is the difference between the following? [ I am on a bus] Could you stop by/at/on/in 23rd and Pine?
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2answers
896 views

Which preposition in front of “line” — “on”, “in”, “at”?

The result of a Google search for "error" and "PREP line" is: "error" "on line": 439,000,000 results "error" "in line": 60.600.000 results "error" "at line": 35,800,000 results While on is the ...
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2answers
105 views

“On Mac OS X” vs. “in Mac OS X”

The NY Times uses both "on Mac OS X" and "in Mac OS X". Can someone explain which one seems more appropriate if there is no difference?
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4answers
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“At hand” vs “on hand” vs “in hand”

What's the difference between at hand, on hand and in hand? At hand seems to me as if you have something in reach. On hand is if you have something in stock. And in hand can be used as if you have ...
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4answers
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ON an American street, but IN a British one. Do the twain ever meet?

In the United States, we say that someone lives on a street, whereas I've noticed that British people say in. For instance: Bubba lives on Washington Street. Colin lives in Cavendish Avenue. I ...
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3answers
2k views

Preposition usage: on, in, and at

Which is correct, "I worked on a project" or "I worked in a project?" Should I say "when I was at the university I studied math" or "when I was in the university I studied math?"
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7answers
18k views

“In time” versus “on time”

Which one is correct: Submit your work in time. Submit your work on time.
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6answers
25k views

“on the train” or “in the train”?

Which of these is correct: "I am on the train" or "I am in the train"?
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5answers
8k views

“In the Internet” vs. “on the Internet”

When should I use "in the Internet" and when "on the Internet"?
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1answer
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When should I use “in” or “on”?

As it is common with people from my country, I have an immense difficulty with prepositions in English, especially with the use of in and on. When the preposition indicates the position of the ...