onto

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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
preposition
1. (on top of)
a. a
The child climbed onto bed and sat next to his mother.El niño trepó a la cama y se sentó junto a su madre.
b. en
One of the engines stopped working, and the pilot had to land onto a golf course.Una de las turbinas falló y el piloto tuvo que aterrizar en un campo de golf.
c. sobre
I knocked over a glass, and wine spilled onto the table.Volqué un vaso y el vino se derramó sobre la mesa
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(aware of)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I knew you were onto something, but I never imagined it was a surprise party for me.Sabía que estabas tramando algo, pero nunca me imaginé que sería una fiesta sorpresa para mí.
The mental-health patient claims that spies and aliens are onto him.El paciente de salud mental dice que hay espías y extraterrestres que andan tras él.
3. (in contact with)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My boss has been onto me all month to have the project finished.Mi jefe estuvo encima de mí todo el mes para que terminara el proyecto.
Our son arrived safe and sound. I've just been onto him on the phone.Nuestro hijo llegó sano y salvo. Acabo de comunicarme con él por teléfono.
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onto
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
preposition
1. (general)
a. sobre, encima de
to jump onto somethingsaltar sobre algo
to fall onto somethingcaerse encima de algo
to get onto somebodyponerse en contacto con alguien
to be onto a good thinghabérselo montado bien
I think the police are onto uscreo que la policía anda detrás de nosotros
onto [ˈɒntʊ]
preposition
1 (on top of) a; sobre; en; arriba de; (LAm)
he got onto the table se subió a la mesa
2 (on track of)
to be onto sth haber encontrado algo; seguir una pista interesante; he knows he's onto a good thing sabe que ha encontrado algo que vale la pena; the police are onto the villain la policía tiene una pista que le conducirá al criminal; we're onto them les conocemos el juego; they were onto him at once le calaron en seguida; le identificaron en el acto
3 (in touch with)
I'll get onto him about it insistiré con él; se lo recordaré
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