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Autor:  PPAULO
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  05/MAR/2018 12:52 AM
Assunto:  Prepositon "on"
Mensagem:  I agree with you, Kroc. When it´s about islands, mainly small islands then one doesn´t think of preposition as one think with countries, cities.   
But then, when one thinks about small islands it crosses one´s mind that he/she is on (ON as per - http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-prepositions-place.php
  • used to show that something is in a position above something else and touching it.

As generally islands have an  upper side and a lower side, we can think of that in terms of our position being "above" the island when we land.

Anyway, both IN and ON are used, there's even a certain ratio 
between then (IN is on the lead, though - but ON isn't wrong, given the usage).

The discussion on this site someone points out that:
I think "in" sounds better than "on", even though Sardinia isn't a country. I think the size of any island is a relevant factor, too – the bigger it is, the more appropriate "in" is – though political status certainly counts too. (And there's also the complication that the bigger an island is, the more likely it is to be a country.)

So, IN is good, but we wouldn´t be sued over using ON.  

An issue that I had not seen before, so today I learned one more thing!


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Prepositon "on"  –  Regina Sousa Maia  02/MAR/2018, 10:48 AM
Prepositon "in" instead of "on"  –  PPAULO  02/MAR/2018, 11:44 AM
Prepositon "on"  –  Kroc is Loco  04/MAR/2018, 10:21 PM
 Prepositon "on"  –  PPAULO  05/MAR/2018, 12:52 AM

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