General Writing and Grammar Help/RE: ride - ride on

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Dear Ted:

In the examples below, is it possible to drop "on" without altering the meaning?

>When I visited India, I RODE ON the back on an elephant.

>The baby was RIDING ON his father's shoulders.

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

In the examples below, is it possible to drop "on" without altering the meaning?

>When I visited India, I RODE ON the back on an elephant.

>The baby was RIDING ON his father's shoulders.

*** NO, not really.  "I rode back" is incorrect.  "The baby was riding his father's shoulders."
That sentence is also incorrect.  You need ON for both of them.

For the first example, you could write "When I visited India, I RODE AN ELEPHANT."  You could get rid of the "on" by rephrasing the sentence.

Ted

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