onto Versus on to
Please explain the difference.
The preposition onto written as one word (instead of on to) is recorded from the early 18th century and has been widely used ever since, but is still not wholly accepted as part of standard British English (unlike into, for example).
Many style guides still advise writing it as two words, and that is the practice followed in Oxford Dictionary.
However, onto is more or less the standard form in US English and in the specialized mathematics sense.
Nevertheless, it is important to maintain a distinction between the preposition onto or on to and the use of the adverb on followed by the preposition to:
She climbed on to (or onto) the roof but let’s go on to (not onto) the next point.
Onto is now generally accepted as a word in its own right. On to is still used, however, where on is considered to be a part of the verb(adverb):
He moved on to a different town
as contrasted with
He jumped onto the stage
On to: Meanings:
:moving to a location on the surface of:
They went up on to the ridge.
:moving aboard (a public service vehicle) with the intention of travelling in it:
We got on to the train.
:aware of the true nature, motive, or meaning of:
I'm on to your little game.
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