2 word english phrase (first one starts with ON)..

Posted on 2015-01-24
Last Modified: 2015-02-17
can you make any phrase by adding a word to the word ON...? does it make it legal or correct even if not in dictionary (necessarily)

for example: ON ADMIT.. can you think of a complete sentence with those terms?
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by:Paul Sauvé
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On second thought...

On a whim...

On your marks...

On a clear day, you can see forever.
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by:Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2nd
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On duty, on leave, on holiday (vacation), on call... There are many possibilities.
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On EE, on facebook, on television
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On drugs, on Saturday, on tenterhooks.

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arroryn earned 56 total points
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On the other hand; on the contrary; on a side note - usually used to define a subtext or non-essential part of text

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good examples..
now, how about the example : 'Admit'?
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Rgonzo1971 earned 56 total points
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As the examples before illustrate, a noun is supposed to come after "on"
it should be on admission or on admittance

but these to words use upon instead of on


Upon admittance
Upon admission

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Language continues to evolve but most authorities believe 'On' and 'Upon' to be interchangeable. 'Upon' seems to be losing favour and is considered a more formal or even archaic pronoun although it is useful to indicate movement/direction ("up-on").

'Apart' can be used as an adjective or (post positive) adverb  so can't be placed after "on" alone where a noun,  pronoun or verb is expected.

So you can make acceptable 2 word phrases using "on" as the first word but not with "apart", you could "cheat" and use "a part" (i.e. "Where did you see that symbol?", "On a part."!).

Also remember that the rules of language are not set in stone. The English language continues to evolve and if a large enough group of English speakers accept the phrase "on apart" it will become correct :)
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On call ...... in relation to a worker (Doctor, mechanic etc.) to means that the worker is off-duty (not working)
but be can be called upon to work at a moment's notice.

I was on call last night and I had to get up at four in the morning to attend an emergency.
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viki2000 earned 55 total points
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I guess it would be a special form of expression, maybe if we build it like:
-       “On Admit Card” is our best card for your needs.
If you search Goggle for expression “on admit” using the quotes, then you get different expressions for “on admit”, but not really to start the sentence with.
For example:
Just for my curiosity, where did you hear the expression, in what context?
Are you sure is not missing the punctuation? And really starts with “on”?
Maybe you heard of the funny example which saves lives:” Let's eat Grandpa! Let's eat, Grandpa!”
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On again
Off again
On again
Off again
     (which way to place it?)
On end
On bed
On shelf
Upon shelf

   (at work?)
At doctor
On holiday
On weekend
On vacation
   (where are you?)
On highway
   (at home yet?)
On way
On couch
   (on way)

On that (note)

     (what kind of switch?)
On Off
     (who will do it?)
On it
On him
On her
On them

On weight
On two
On three
        (or simply)

    On Admit

On this
On that
On top
On eBay
On Call = also beeper syndrome for computer staff during non-prime hours,
                Can also be for some nurses on duty when patient presses 'call button'
On her
On rack
On desk
On floor
On table
   (junk mail)
In trash
   (other person's mail)
In outbox

'the' can be superfluous
pronoun can be 'understood'
context can be relevant] <sound of footsteps leaving>
                                            <sound of door shutting>
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On guard (watching out for danger)

On Twitter (are you?)

On to (on to means someone is aware. Ex: We're on to this word game of yours)

On time (were you on time for work?)

On loan ( the library can loan you a book, you can loan "me" $100)

On top (the book is on top of the dresser)

On me (it's on me, my fault, sorry)

On me (the cost of the meal is on me)

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