LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/JUL/2007 1:51 AM|
|Assunto:||long on, sign in, etc|
"to sign on" = Often used in reference to radio transmissions. Sometimes heard when someone signs a work contract, especially one on a ship.
"to sign in" = Often used when someone is required to sign a book/register in order to access a building or office. When you go to the office after regular hours, you may have to sign in with a guard, giving your name, employee number, date and time, purpose of your presence in the building/office, etc.
"to sign up" = In addition to magazines, as Marcio pointed out, this phrase is often used to mean "to enlist in military service". A civilian may often be able to sign up for three years, four years, six years, etc. Let's say that you are organizing a trip to the beach. In an effort to know how many people to expect (for transportation, food, beer, etc.), you may ask them to sign up for the trip on a sign up sheet. The "sign up sheet" is often merely a piece of paper, possibly on a clipboard or tacked to a bulletin board.
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