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About or on ?!

Post by amoolah » Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:20 am

hi friends :) ,

I am confused between these two words (about, on) I really dont know which one is the right one to be used in the following sentence

I got some ideas on how to overcome any problem

I got some ideas about how to overcome any problem

or maybe there is another word that I should use ! i dont know :?

...could some one help me please


thanks in advance ;)
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Post by Dixie » Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:54 am

Both options sound right to me. Although I'm not a native speaker of English.

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Post by vince90 » Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:26 pm

Drop out the world "on" or "about".
"I got some ideas how to overcome any problem."

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Post by narris » Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:45 pm

i agree on dixie's opinion...
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Post by Unknownsu » Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:34 pm

I am a native English speaker and Dixie's right, they're both good.

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Post by shokin » Thu Feb 24, 2005 5:38 am

I would say about is better. I always use it. Talking about, think about, discussing about...

But I am not sure.

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Post by Chet Baker » Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:28 am

ON and ABOUT in your example were used to refer something.

Your examples are correct.

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Post by amoolah » Thu Feb 24, 2005 7:52 am

I got it :) thank u friends ;)
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Re: About or on ?!

Post by Awisewizard » Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:21 pm

amoolah wrote:hi friends :) ,

I am confused between these two words (about, on) I really dont know which one is the right one to be used in the following sentence

I got some ideas on how to overcome any problem

I got some ideas about how to overcome any problem

or maybe there is another word that I should use ! i dont know :?

...could some one help me please


thanks in advance ;)
I got some ideas OF/ABOUT how to overcome any problem.

On is incorrect.
Cheer!
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Re: About or on ?!

Post by Lilian » Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:16 pm

On is uncorrect.
Cheer!
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this will be incorrect not uncorrect..
cheers..
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Post by RedRose » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:55 pm

wow, dear lilian! thank you!

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Re: About or on ?!

Post by Awisewizard » Wed Mar 09, 2005 3:34 am

Lilian wrote:
On is uncorrect.
Cheer!
this will be incorrect not uncorrect..
cheers..
Yes. INcorrect. Thanks. I corrected it.
Cheer!
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Re: About or on ?!

Post by Dixie » Wed Mar 09, 2005 10:32 am

Awisewizard wrote:
On is incorrect.
Cheer!
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Re: About or on ?!

Post by su » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:00 am

Dixie wrote:
Awisewizard wrote:
On is incorrect.
Cheer!
How is it incorrect? Image
check here, Dixie...
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/results ... hword=idea

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Post by Dixie » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:01 am

Unknownsu already said it's right :roll: I'm going to ask another native speaker.

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Re: About or on ?!

Post by Butler » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:07 am

amoolah wrote:hi friends :) ,

I am confused between these two words (about, on) I really dont know which one is the right one to be used in the following sentence

I got some ideas on how to overcome any problem

I got some ideas about how to overcome any problem

or maybe there is another word that I should use ! i dont know :?

...could some one help me please


thanks in advance ;)

Yeah both are correct. though maybe would be better to say "I have got some ideas....." I guess depends on the context of this sentence.
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Post by su » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:08 am

Dixie wrote:Unknownsu already said it's right :roll: I'm going to ask another native speaker.
Maybe, "idea on" is less common than "idea about"...
I have just searched them at google...
576.000 "idea on" and 1.060.000 "idea about"
^ that's why I think so...

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Post by Unknownsu » Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:58 pm

I've got ideas on how to make lots of friends.

Are you saying this sentence is incorrect as well?
Dixie wrote:Unknownsu already said it's right :roll: I'm going to ask another native speaker.
Don't fret, my dear. I wouldn't want to you pop a vein in your head.

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Post by Unknownsu » Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:41 pm

I was standing downtown today and for some odd reason, EC popped into my head so I randomly yanked a few strangers walking by and asked them the topic question. As I thought, both words are correct and express the same thing.

And the cost of that answer was just a few funny looks!

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Post by Dixie » Thu Mar 10, 2005 11:20 am

You're nuts :D

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Post by Unknownsu » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:31 pm

Dixie wrote:You're nuts :D
And proud of it... :roll:

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Post by RedRose » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:50 pm

Unknownsu, i bet those people must have thought you are mental :mrgreen:

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Post by Unknownsu » Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:38 pm

Nah, we, Calgarians, are genuinely friendly people. If I were to beg on the streets, I'd make more money than the president of the United States. But, of course, I would not do that because I have ethics.

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