Mixing up your media prepositions 26 Haziran 2013

When sitting down to conversation with business clients, not everything revolves around your business transactions or negotiations.  There is usually everyday conversation based on the TV or something you have read.  This is where some learners can get their prepositions mixed up and confused when talking about types of media.  If you are talking about a media that is printed, such as magazines or newspapers then you use the preposition ‘in’:

I read it in a magazine yesterday.

But if you are talking about a media that was through an electronic device such as TV or the Internet then you say:

I saw it on the Internet.

I saw it on TV.

However, if you read an e-magazine or an e-newspaper edition then you still use ‘in’:

I read it in their e-magazine.

If it was a website then we use ‘on’:

I read it on their website.

This is an area where you need to be careful as it can be quite comical to say ‘I read it on a newspaper’, means that you were sat on the newspaper while you were reading it.

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