What is a better preposition for the word "event"?

  • at
  • on

Specifically I want to say:

  • Lector at an event
  • Lector on an event

Which is the correct one?

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'Lector' is an unusual word in modern English. I assume you mean 'read' as one might read a lesson at a church service.

Did you perhaps mean 'lecture'?

If I say 'lecture at an event', that means to give a talk to a gathering of people at an event.

If I say 'lecture on an event', that means to give a formal talk about what happened at a particular event, at some other time and place.

Does that help?

  • The usual usage of "on event" is synonymous to "in case of event", common in IT - an event happens, like mouse click, and an operation is performed 'on event', meaning when mouse is clicked. "At event" is almost strictly reserved to "event" meaning something like a meeting, concert, conference or such. While two trains colliding is an event for sure, you wouldn't say you met someone at such an event...
    – SF.
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:04
  • Thanks! This definitely helps. I meant lector in terms of a speaker. Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 8:36
  • 'Lector' though it exists, is a term that is hardly ever used nowadays. In fact I had to look it up in Oxford Dictionaries, which give its meaning as 'reader, especially someone who reads lessons in a church service'. Another meaning is 'lecturer, especially one employed in a foreign university to teach in their native language'. But you may get some puzzled looks if you use 'lector' rather than 'lecturer' in an English-speaking country.
    – WS2
    Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 18:59

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