Which is correct? 1. They are pushing the car onto the road.2. They are pushing the car on the road.Thanks.
Either is correct, but have different meanings -- at least in American English. Sanjay correctly describes the mechanical differences between onto and on, but both Rahul and Sanjay miss the subtleties of their use.
To push the car onto the road means the car was off the road before the pushing started. To push the car on the road means the car was on the road both before and after the pushing. To push the car off the road means the car started on the road and was pushed off the road to the side.
Most Americans would say "they pushed the car down the road" to indicate the car was on the road and went somewhere.
Sometimes, only one preposition is appropriate with a phrase. This is most often true of with and for. However, prepositions that indicate placement -- in, on, onto, off, down, and others -- can each be used with the same phrase, but carry different meanings.
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