Question on/in/at the terminal

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
    Donor

    2,188
    20
    53
    Dear native English speakers,
    I have another question about something in the textbook.

    The text goes like this:
    A universal design committee was set up when work began on the new terminal.

    Can you use "in" or "at" instead of "on"?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hirashin
     
  2. mdchachi

    mdchachi Moderator
    Moderator

    2,324
    207
    87
    Yes.
     
  3. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
    Donor

    2,188
    20
    53
    Thanks, mdchachi. Is there any difference in each case?
     
  4. Julie.chan

    Julie.chan Sempai

    549
    21
    33
    Very different.

    "On" means that you're actually working on the terminal. As in building it, maintaining it, etc. It's clear from the context that in the example cited, it is referring to the initial construction of the terminal.

    "In" or "at" doesn't mean you're working on the terminal. It means you're doing some work where you happen to be inside of it. In the case of "at", you could also just be nearby it.

    So I disagree with mdchachi. You can't use "in" or "at" instead of "on" because that would change the meaning too much.
     
  5. mdchachi

    mdchachi Moderator
    Moderator

    2,324
    207
    87
    Actually that wasn't his question. He asked if they could be used. Not if they were completely interchangeable.

    None of them tell you exactly what is going on without additional context.

    A universal design committee was set up when work began on the new terminal.
    => implies that some work (construction) is going on at the very beginning of terminal construction. But it could also be the beginning of some stage of construction. For example it could be about beginning work on the interior of the building.
    A universal design committee was set up when work began in the new terminal.
    => This one clearly implies that the work is happening inside the terminal. It could be work on the terminal itself or it could be work on something else at that location.
    A universal design committee was set up when work began at the new terminal.
    => This one says that the work location is the terminal. The work could be on the terminal itself. Or it could be on something else. For example, electrical systems inside or outside the terminal.
     
  6. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
    Donor

    2,188
    20
    53
    Thanks, Julie and mdchachi.
     

Share this page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice