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D00M
Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 4:39:47 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Outside the window now the great star slowly sank. He got up out of bed and put on his slippers and bathrobe and went softly upstairs to the attic and found the box of Christmas-tree decorations. He took them downstairs into the living room. Then he brought in the tree. It was a little one-they had not had a big tree since the children went away-but he set it in the holder and put it in the middle of the long table under the window. Then he carefully began to trim it.

Doesn't the word 'table' take the preposition 'on'? Why is it 'in' in the above?

I am looking forward to your answers.
snafu22q
Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 5:25:28 PM
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Someone like Thar will have to provide you the rules of what you're asking, but I believe 'in' is referring to 'where' on the table .... the middle. If the author omitted the (relative) location, he/she *should/would* have used 'on'.

As always with responses from me ... fwiw :)

And no, I'm NOT a teacher ... especially not in grammar! But I have been speaking English for almost 65 years.

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