LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||05/MAR/2018 12:52 AM|
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
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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