Let Us Move on to ‘Onto’
Published on 07 Dec, 2016
‘Onto’ as a preposition means ‘at the surface of/on top of/to a position on/upon’. This is widely used as a single word, especially in US English.
- During the fracas, the crowd climbed onto the speaker’s dais.
- The clown jumped onto the trapeze.
However, there is an exception to this usage.
‘On to’ should never be written as one word when intending to say ‘onwards’ or ‘towards’.
- Those who clear the first round can move on to the second.
- I log on to the network every morning.
Make it Easy
It would help to mentally place ‘up’ before ‘on’ in a sentence. If this makes sense, then ‘onto’ is the correct usage. For example:
- The rat jumped up onto the dumpster.
- The crowd moved onto the next exhibit.