Aug 22, 2010

Special Question of the Week

Is it 'ON' on 'IN' Staten Island?   As in. "I live_____ Staten Island."

And why do people get so adamant about it when they think someone said it wrong?

8 comments:

  1. One lives ON an Island, Not in an island. It is " I live on Staten Island.

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  2. The preposition for the object island would have to be "on".
    Even if you are buried here- unless you said "he is buried in a staten island cave" you can be in a cave- not an island

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  3. Its definitely "om", but I would love to hear someone defend "in"...

    my wife gave me a small clue... she says that non-native Islanders (such as herself) say "in"... especially when referring to residents, "Oh, you live in Staten Island?"

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  4. Ok, this all makes sense, but explain this to me. When we say, "ain't" or "yous", no one cares, say IN Staten Island and everyone corrects you, why is that?

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  5. On - you live on an island.

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  6. Perhaps it's because, as John pointed out, many native Islanders don't usually say "in." I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that when non-native Islanders say "in" it irritates natives or long-time residents. Just a guess, not defending it.

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  7. I live "ON" Staten Island because I am not a worm!

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