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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 12:45 am
Is it grammatically sound to use the article "in" to state someone lives "in" a reservation, (as in an Indian reservation) or is it always "on" a reservation? Can it go both ways?
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 02:13 am
@skimskambone,
I have no idea why we say "on" a reservation. It seems to make somewhat more sense than saying "in" a reservation, but we live 'in' countries, states, counties, towns, and neighborhoods. It wouldn't hurt to be more consistant, but you take what you get.

'On' and 'in' are prepositions, by the way. Not articles.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 06:46 am
@roger,
But, you live 'on' land, though, right? The Cartwrights lived 'on' the Ponderosa, correct?
roger
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 01:03 pm
@Ragman,
Yes, and you be on a ship, but you're more likely to be in a boat.
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 02:29 pm
@roger,

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Yes, and you be on a ship, but you're more likely to be in a boat.


Yes, how strange. In a bed, but on a couch. On a stool, but in an armchair.

But you can see the reasoning behind those. On the land, but in a wood.
Mame
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 02:46 pm
@McTag,
On a farm, in the countryside. Smile

Hi McT!
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JTT
 
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Reply Sat 22 Dec, 2012 08:17 pm
@McTag,
In a bed, but on a couch. On a stool, but in an armchair.

on a bed = above the covers. in a bed = surrounded/under the covers.

on a couch = no immediate surroundings. on a stool, the same. in an armchair = immediately surrounded


But you can see the reasoning behind those. On the land, not surrounded but in a wood surrounded
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