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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Can you blow up the tyres ON my bike, please?

2) Can you blow up the tyres OF my bike, please?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Can you blow up the tyres ON my bike, please?

2) Can you blow up the tyres OF my bike, please?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** Both sentences are correct, and they mean the same thing.  If your tires are currently on your bike, #1 is the better choice.  If you have removed the tires from your bike and taken them to a repair shop, I would use #2.  That's the only real difference.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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