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  • Hi, today's lesson is another in the series 'Quick fix', where I quickly fix a common problem in English.

  • In this lesson, you will learn the difference between 'on' and 'upon' in English.

  • This is a request from Fazil Peerally, so this is especially for you Fazil, and I hope this makes it clearer.

  • So, two prepositions that confuse non-native speakers are 'on' and 'upon' as both mean the same thing.

  • In this lesson, you will learn the subtle differences between 'on' and 'upon' and when they're used.

  • So, in general, as we said, 'on' and 'upon' are prepositions that mean the same thing and can often be interchanged.

  • However, 'upon' is more formal.

  • So, you can say: 'He depends "on" his mother for support at home.'

  • Or: 'He depends "upon" his mother for support at home.'

  • So, these sentences mean the same thing, but the one using 'upon' is more formal.

  • Most teachers would advise students to use 'upon' sparingly - that means 'not much', and usually just for literary effect.

  • In other words, does it improve the sentence or message, or does it just make it too formal and inappropriate?

  • However, there are some occasions when only 'upon' will work.

  • So, 'upon' is used to emphasize that there is a large number or amount of something.

  • So, you would say, 'mile upon mile of dusty roads.'

  • Or, 'thousands upon thousands of letters.'

  • Or, 'row upon row of seats.'

  • And lastly, in some common idioms.

  • So, you have, 'Once upon a time...'

  • This is how bedtime stories for children begin, to mean a long time ago, and only 'upon' is used in this sentence.

  • Or, 'The summer season was almost upon them again.'

  • If something in the future is almost 'upon you', it is going to arrive or happen very soon.

  • So, that's it for now.

  • I hope you now feel more confident in using 'on' and 'upon' in English.

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  • So that's it, take care, and see you very soon.

  • Bye- bye!

Hi, today's lesson is another in the series 'Quick fix', where I quickly fix a common problem in English.

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