In the paper – On TV

Using words like in, at, on can be confusing. These words are called prepositions and they are important to understand if we want to speak natural English.

Today we will look at in and on, and how we use them to talk about something we read, heard or saw. Please read the following example:

A: “Did you hear about Ichiro getting traded to the New York Yankees last month!?”
B: “Yes I read it IN the newspaper.”

If our information comes from something we read, a newspaper, a magazine, a report etc. we use the preposition IN.

“There was a beautiful picture of Angelina Jolie IN People magazine last month.”
“Our company made a profit last year! I read it IN the annual report.”

Lets look at a different example:

A: “Did you hear about Ichiro getting traded to the New York Yankees last month!?”
B: “Yes I saw it ON T.V. last night.” OR “Yes I saw it ON the news last night.”

If our information comes from something we hear or see from the radio or television we use the preposition ON.

“I heard a great song ON the radio this morning while I was driving to work.”
“Did you know that Tom and Katie are getting a divorce? I saw it ON TV last night!”

***We also use the preposition ON when we get our information from the Internet.***

“I read about it ON the Internet!!!” “I saw a video ON Youtube.”

There is a Hurricane coming! I saw it ON  the news last night!!

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