Let Us Move on to ‘Onto’

Published on 07 Dec, 2016

Generic Grammar


‘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.

For instance:

  • 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’.

For instance:

  • 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:

Correct
  • The rat jumped up onto the dumpster.


Incorrect
  • The crowd moved onto the next exhibit.




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