in the bookshelf or on the bookshelf? when we use "on" and when we use "in"? I need some help, thank you!
Feb 4, 2016 2:04 AM
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We say 'The book is on the bookshelf' because, if you imagine what this looks like, we can see the book, and we can see the shelf beneath it. It's the same as saying 'The cup is on the table' or 'The box is on the floor'. Bookshelves, tables and floors are flat surfaces, and you put things 'on' these surfaces. By contrast, 'in' means 'inside'. For example, the cake is in the oven. The clothes are in the wardrobe. The money is in the wallet.
February 4, 2016
Hi Ramona :) We always say on the bookshelf. We put books on the bookshelf, maybe papers, maybe flowers or other decorations, but it's always on the bookshelf. "In the bookshelf," would mean like inside the wood that the bookshelf is made of, like maybe there are termites in the bookshelf! Hope that helps :)
February 4, 2016
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