Draw a tree on the paper

# Draw a tree on the paper

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I have some confusion about "on" and "in" in this expression.

Draw a tree on the paper

Draw a tree in the paper

I am not sure either if it would be "the piece of paper" or "the paper". Or can both of them be possible?.

Thank you.

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updated FEB 7, 2011
posted by nila45

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Draw a tree on the paper is correct. Draw a tree on the piece of paper is also correct.

Draw a tree in the paper is not correct.

updated FEB 7, 2011
posted by h1deaway
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Si es para usarlo en clase, lo de paper te sobra, a ver si no ¿dónde lo va a dibujar?

Yo solo digo, draw a tree and next to the tree a man...o algo.

De todas formas es on , si lo quieres usar quizás con sheet of paper, que es folio u hoja.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by 00494d19
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Oddly enough, but you say "There's a tree in the picture"!

Yes, it is true.

In Spanish, we say: draw a tree on the paper (dibuja un árbol sobre el papel)

But, we say: there's a tree in the picture (hay un árbol en el cuadro)

We cannot say: there is a tree on the picture (hay un árbol sobre el cuadro o encima del cuadro). You could think that a tree has fallen down onto the picture.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by nila45
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Oddly enough, but you say "There's a tree in the picture"!

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by Gocika
Because it is within the picture that is on the paper. - Yeser007, MAR 13, 2010
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If it was a card that was folded, I would say I wrote something inside the card. To me, if you say on the card, I would think the outside of the card.

updated MAY 12, 2010
posted by mar959
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I was thinking... only for curiosity. Is it said "on the card" when you are referring to a card instead of a sheet of paper?

updated MAY 12, 2010
edited by nila45
posted by nila45
Sí, Nila - Delores--Lindsey, MAY 12, 2010
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