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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:04:41 AM
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We are finally on to the last week of the league stage of the 11th season of IPL and it must be said that it has been one of the most open seasons ever in the short history of the tournament.
http://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/102050/ipl-2018-qualification-scenarios
What is the grammatical form and function of "on" here?
Shouldn't be "in" there?
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:22:55 AM

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It is a preposition indicating movement forward, so I think it does work OK here. Although 'into' does feel a bit more natural.


Think of phrasal verbs like 'go on', 'move on to the next patient'; adverbs like 'onward'. It doesn't just mean the position 'over'. It also means a movement forwards. Here, the movement of time, towards the end of the season.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:26:55 AM

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I would normally use 'into' (or 'in').

We are finally into the last week.

Possibly this is an idiom in Indian English, as that's where the author lives.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
ChrisKC
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:31:08 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
We are finally on to the last week of the league stage of the 11th season of IPL and it must be said that it has been one of the most open seasons ever in the short history of the tournament.
http://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/102050/ipl-2018-qualification-scenarios
What is the grammatical form and function of "on" here?
Shouldn't be "in" there?


This is interesting. I agree that "into" is more correct and natural. But if we were talking of the last day rather than week it wouldn't be in, it would be "on". What is the logic in that I wonder?
thar
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At a time, in the morning, on a day, in a week, at a weekend - logic is not a priority when it comes to how language develops! Whistle
ashscot50
Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:55:12 AM

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In this case, "into" would be correct in my opinion. "Into" is a preposition, which applies to place, time, direction etc.

However, I can see that "on to" might work, if the sentence was "We are finally moving on to the last week of the league stage of the 11th season of IPL and it must be said that it has been one of the most open seasons ever in the short history of the tournament."

Curiously, however, "in to" doesn't seem to work because "to" in this context is not part of an infinitive verb.
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