She is typing away (at / on) her keyboard.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wanabee, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. wanabee Senior Member

    Dear all,

    She's secretary to the head of the company, and is always typing away (at / on) her keyboard.

    I made up the sentence.
    I would like you to help me with the choice of preposition. To me, "on" clearly indicates that she's typing something using her keyboard, but I'm not certain about "typing away at her keyboard."

    Could you tell me which sounds better to you?
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  2. Cagey post mod

    English - US
    Helllo wannabee. :)

    I agree that 'on' is better.
    I would understand 'at' and not think it strange, but 'at' usually suggests location. For instance, I might say "She is sitting at her keyboard, but she hasn't any work to do."

    Here is a related discussion: write at / on a computer
  3. wanabee Senior Member

    Thank you very much, Cagey.
    The fog in my mind got blown away!

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