Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
one word or two, onto vs. on to
|Which is correct?At the end-of-quarter gathering, the CEO climbed ___ her desk and yelled triumphantly: “We survived! Now let’s move ___ the celebration.”
a. onto / onto
b. on to / on to
c. onto / on to
d. on to / onto
Onto is always the correct choice when something is physically placed on top of something else — in this case the CEO places herself on top of her desk. You want on to when you’re indicating a movement toward something from something else. In this case, maybe from work toward pizza and beer.
Here’s the Oxford Dictionary’s explanation:
The preposition onto meaning ‘to a position on the surface of’ has been widely written as one word (instead of on to) since the early 18th century, as in the following sentences:
For other situations, especially in U.S. English, onto is often preferred, as in catch onto, latch onto, hold onto and so on.
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