the game was already on

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Sun14

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello, my friends,

I was wondering whether the underlined part is idiomatic:

"The game was already on."

Thoughts: I told my friend that when I get to the filed, Allen had already play the football match with others.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    In that case The game was already on is possible.
    I would not use on myself, but rather The game was (already) under way.

    But that might just be my personal preference. :)
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The expression Something is on/off often means that a decision has been taken to hold an event (or not).
    So we say The meeting is on (=will take place) or off (has been cancelled).
    That is why I would avoid using on in your context.
     

    Sun14

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    The expression Something is on/off often means that a decision has been taken to hold an event (or not).
    So we say The meeting is on (=will take place) or off (has been cancelled).
    That is why I would avoid using on in your context.
    Got it. Thank you very much.
     
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