San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which is correct?

For several seconds his fingers cling (onto / on to) the edge of the cliff, supporting his entire weight.

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  • 2 months ago
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    Clung onto if you are using the past tense.  'On to' is mainly used when a change of location or another subject is involved.  'He moved on to the next town.'

  • 2 months ago

    Frankly, I think both "onto" and "on" are superfluous. Merely saying "cling to" would be sufficient, or "clung to" if your sentence is in the past tense.. 

  • 2 months ago

    The present tense can also be used instead of the past tense when telling a story.  It's a way of being dramatic, of heightening suspense.  So "For several seconds his fingers cling onto..." can be correct if you're telling a story.  It doesn't have to be "clung onto". 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    On to           

    Source(s): Rom form turkish
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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I'm gonna say "onto", because the verb is "cling", not "cling on".

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