Sergey Antipov

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English Prepositions: IN or ON? - YouTube  See details »

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  • 00:01: hi my name is Rebecca and today's lesson is about prepositions specifically it's about the two prepositions in or on okay now I'm going to give you a useful tip so that you will know which one to use in certain kinds of situations so let's look at the board okay so what you need to decide is are you talking about something that is written on paper or
  • 00:30: are you talking about something represented on an electronic device for example okay let's look at some examples you could say for example I read it in a book I saw it in a comic I read it in the newspaper in a magazine or in an email now even though email is kind of seen on
  • 01:01: an electronic device it is regarded as a letter and a letter used to be something that came on paper and so we still use that expression in when we're talking about emails okay so things that come on paper or we're traditionally on paper are with the preposition in now of course today you can find a books and comics and newspapers and magazines which are call signs and email on line
  • 01:32: on computers and we can read them on computers but the preposition is kind of based on the fact that originally they were all on paper so try to think of it in that way and it'll help you to decide now when we look at electronic devices we use the preposition on so he was speaking on the phone I saw it on TV I read it on online or on the net or on the internet on my I was working on my
  • 02:02: computer I am I was working on my laptop I saw it on my tablet or I watched the video on English so you can also use on when you're talking about a website right so those are for electronic devices okay and this was paper so if you've got that clear in your mind let's try some examples so what would you say here I read it in our textbook
  • 02:34: or on our textbook what do you say it's written right it's on paper so in our textbook I saw it on the screen good I read it in the article or in an article okay usually article might be in the newspaper or in a journal in the poem or
  • 03:00: on the poem in the poem again very good the journal in the journal the radio on the radio good the letter in the letter and the last one the monitor what would you say on the monitor okay so we see I hope you see how to use
  • 03:31: the prepositions in and on there are many different ways in which we can use these prepositions but when we're talking about something paper or something electronic you now know what to do and which preposition to use okay if you'd like some more practice on this go to our website thanks very much for watching bye for now
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