Slit at/on

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sinukg

Senior Member
Malayalam
Hi everyone,

Please see the following sentence. I would like to know which preposition is correct with "slit" here.

She slipped the letter into the letterbox through the slit at the top.
She slipped the letter into the letterbox through the slit on the top.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    If the slit truly exists on top of the letterbox, on the top is better. If the slit is on the face of the letterbox near the top of that face, at the top is accurate. Thinking about most of the letterboxes I have ever used, I'd say that at the top seems likely.
     

    Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    I agree. However I'd expect just "She slipped the letter into the letterbox". You don't need anything else, as there's normally only one opening to put letters in. It's a little like saying "He drove the car sitting in the driver's seat".

    But if you just wanted to understand how to use "at" and "on", I agree with Owlman5's reasoning.
     
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