played the songs in/on/with his sax

B.P.

Member
Hong Kong
In a question:
1. What songs he played on his sax?
2. What songs he played with his sax?
3. What songs he played in his sax?

I am not sure what difference is there.
Let's say in a situation that he was playing a saxophone, and the tunes were some famous songs.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    You can't exactly play a song. You play a tune, and sing a song. But anyway, the preposition to use is "on" his sax.
     

    B.P.

    Member
    Hong Kong
    Thanks you. So the correct one should be:

    1. What tunes did he play on his sax? or
    2. What songs did he play on his sax? (like JulianStuart suggested).

    I'm still confused.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, that's fine. Technically, a song is words set to music, rather than a piece of music that you play on instrument. But it's not that important – don't worry about it!
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    The technical interpretation of “song” is something that is created by a voice, not an instrument. However, if someone plays a well-known song which has a well-known melody or tune, but uses his sax, it would not be uncommon for someone to say “I heard him play that song on his sax”. I was mainly correcting your word order for the questions:)
     
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