Hello, everybody, I'm not English and must ask you a grammar question?
Topic: Essays on general topics in english
June 17, 2019 / By Melinda Question:
I must ask you what the difference between the prepositions "on" and "about" is ("on" meant for about a topic).
Ex. She talked to us about the Second World War or on the Second World War?
This is an essay on drugs or about drugs?
We had a conversation on life injustice or about life injustice?
I can't understand in what cases I should use one rather than the other. Can you tell me a bit about it?
Thanks in advance
P.S.: I'm sorry if my writing is full of mistakes, but I'm still learning the language. Bye!
Best Answers: Hello, everybody, I'm not English and must ask you a grammar question?
Leatrice | 10 days ago
On is a little bit formal than about:
I talked to my son about his school work.
I spoke to the teacher on the topic of education.
About seems to be more general, but on seems to be more specific.
Last night at the party people talked about many subjects.
She spoke on the casualties of the war.
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Originally Answered: English Grammar Question?
By using the definite article "the", the speaker seems to imply that all former inhabitants of the neighbourhood will be in that book of record. If there was indeed only one family living in that neighbourhood years ago, then the statement is correct. However, if there were more than one family living in that neighbourhood years ago, then the statement describing the book of record could be:
"This is a record of some/a few/ several/ a number of / a group of former inhabitants of this neighbourhood"
Determiners like "some", "a few", "several", "a number of", "a group of" would be more apt to modify the noun "inhabitants" in this case.
Honestly, I think this is why English is so complicated haha.. there's so many different ways to say certain things.. yeah, both make sense! they're both right..
Sometimes it feels better to say "about"...sometimes "on"
"we had a discussion on whether or not the students think it's wrong to kill convicted murderers"
"it was about" "she talked about" "she went on about this..and that...and wouldn't shut up "
hahah I hope this helps you in some way :]
The TOPIC of this essay is on drugs. (would be better..you see?)
if you dont want to say topic.. then you should probably just use "about"
We had a conversation about life injustice.. would be simpler I think..
Good luck buddy
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If these cases you can use "on" if it comes after a noun -- an essay on drugs, a conversation on drugs, a report on drugs, a presentation on drugs, etc. Otherwise, use "about" only: "She talked to us about the Second World War", not "She talked to us on the Second World War." "Bill wants to talk about Susan", not "Bill wants to talk on Susan".
Both "on" and "about" also have other uses, and they cannot be exchanged:
"The hat is on my head", not "The hat is about my head"
"There are about 50 people in the room" not "There are on 50 people in the room"
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you should proceed it, i know how if feels to be youthful and writing, yet remember the punctuation. Commas are lacking in too many places to inform you all of them, besides the incontrovertible fact that that's a draft, so no biggy. Oh, and spelling could be yet another subject, yet different than that this tale is massive. :) The descriptions of the character's are not too obtrusive - like ya understand, thrown in the story such as you won't be in a position to upload them subtly - you controlled to cause them to combination in with the story.
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Originally Answered: English Grammar question?
English has two forms of the infinitive - the full infinitive (to do, to see, to walk) and the bare infinitive (the infinitive without the 'to' - do, see, walk). The full infinitive is more common, but there are some specific uses of the bare infinitive. Certain verbs (hear, see, make, and let are common examples) are followed by the bare infinitive:
I heard him speak.
I saw him run.
I make them do their homework.
I let them go.
'Help' is an unusual verb. It may be followed by either the bare or the full infinitive:
I helped him fix his car.
I helped him to fix his car.
Both of those are correct grammar.
The link below has a good discussion of this point.