Most Common English Words (no. 14)
“On” is the next word and, like I said in the previous post, it is a preposition with many usages. It can also be used as an adjective and I will write about how to use it that way at the end of this post. But first: “on“, as a preposition, is used to talk about the location of a place, thing, or person.
- Their house is on Green Street.
- The cheesecake recipe is on page 6.
- The students are on the second floor.
It is also used to talk about when something happens. “On” is used for days and dates.
- I will go to Tokyo on Sunday.
- Christmas is on December 25.
“On” is also used to show what tool, instrument, etc., is used to do something.
- I am typing this post on my computer.
- I can’t talk to my sister because she’s on the telephone.
“On” can also mean “about”.
- Last night, I saw a documentary on homeless people.
- Books on magic are my favorite.
Finally, it is means “having or carrying” something with you.
- She didn’t have money on her so I paid.
- I don’t have my license on me so I can’t drive.
As an adjective, “on” means “happening” or “planned”.
- I have nothing on for tomorrow.
- The party is still on. Are you coming?
The next word on the list is another preposition. It also has a lot of usages but it cannot be used as an adjective. It’s a four letter word and I used it in this post. Can you guess what it is?