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Confusing prepositions


Confusing prepositions
Hi dear teachers I have a big doubt regarding to the use of the preposition "ON" for geographycal features.  My book says that we use on for Gulf
and there is an example
"On the Gulf of AQABA. But there is an exercise on the same book that says The island of Bahrain is IN the Persian Gulf. So what is correct?Wacko
Thanks in advance. Have a nice day or evening depending on where you are. 

27 Jan 2011      


in the Gulf is correct.
In the Gulf of Mexico
But you could live on the gulf coast, so it really depends on the context.

28 Jan 2011     


You use in before : neighboourhoods, cities, Estates, countries and continents. you use on with specifc and importante celebrations as: on Easter, On Christmas. 

28 Jan 2011     


Thansk you are awesome guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

28 Jan 2011     

United States

The island is physically in the gulf, so "in" is correct for an island.
On the gulf means that its shore is on the gulf.
So, in the USA, Texas is on the Gulf of Mexico, and its city of Galveston is on an island in the gulf.
I hope this helps you.

28 Jan 2011     


Yes of course Bruce. Wink
Thanks a bunch.

28 Jan 2011