English as a Second Language/Preposition


QUESTION: What is the difference in the meaning of 'Faith in God' and 'Faith on God'.
Do these prepositions in and on change the meaning of the sentences?

ANSWER: Hello Jaswinder,

Faith IN God is the only correct expression above. We don't say "Faith on God" as it would be incorrect.

"On" implies the position for surfaces or a position above or outside an area.

I hope this helps.


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QUESTION: I was actually having the impression that
Faith on God is-Having a faith that God do exist
Faith in God is -Having a faith in the strength and abilities of God

So you mean only one expression i.e. Faith in God can explain both these sentences ?

Sorry Jaswinder, but as I said before "Faith ON God" is incorrect.

In my opinion "faith in God" means that you have faith in the strength and abilities of God.

If you're trying to say that you have a faith that God exists, then you may want to say "believe in God".

I hope this clarifies things for you, but feel free to follow up if you still need help with this.



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