Prepositions “on” and “over”
A preposition is used to link nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition is used to indicate the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. Here are some examples of the prepositions “on” and “over”:

Preposition ON

Used to express a surface of something:

  • The pencil is on the desk.
  • I put the silverware on the kitchen table
  • My homework is on the teacher's desk.

Used to specify days and dates:

  • The garbage truck comes by my house on Thursdays.
  • I was born on the 3rd day of August in 1959.
  • We're having a big celebration on the fourth of July.


Used to indicate a device or machine, such as a phone or computer:

  • Robert is on the phone right now.
  • Steve has been on the computer since early this morning.
  • My favorite TV show will be on tonight.

Used to indicate a part of the body:

  • The rock struck my car on the windshield.
  • She kissed her friend on his cheek.
  • I wear a baseball hat on my head

Used to indicate the state of something:

  • The building across the street is on fire.
  • That beautiful blue vase is on sale.
  • All the lights in the building have been turned on.


Preposition OVER

Used to indicate movement from one place to another:

  • Can you come over to my house tonight for dinner?
  • We need to roll the log over.
  • They pushed the boulder over the edge of the cliff.

Used to indicate movement downward:

  • The maple tree fell over onto the road during the storm.
  • I had to bend over to pick up the pencil that fell off my desk.
  • I fell over and broke my arm.

Used to indicate more than an expected number or amount:

  • Children over the age of 12 pay full price.
  • The price is over what I am willing to pay.
  • The phone rang for over a minute before I could answer it.

Used to indicate a period of time:

  • I worked for the company for over five years.
  • I had to wait for over an hour.
  • He has not been home in over a year.



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