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Hey Guys,

I'm really sorry for that kind of stupid question..:-), but an software programmer from Tampa Bay US, which I'm communication with, told me that he was confused when I wrote him "Click at the "Insert button"??? Please what is grammatically correct?

Click at the button ?? Or Click on the button? ----I'm sorry...Prepositions hasn't been my favourite part of the english...:-)))

thx in advance...
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Hi,

I'd use "click the Insert button", but "click on" seems to be possible, according to Cambridge online dictionaries :

If you want to open a file, click twice on the icon for it.
When you have selected the file you want, click the 'Open' box.
Tanit
Hi,

I'd use "click the Insert button", but "click on" seems to be possible, according to Cambridge online dictionaries :

If you want to open a file, click twice on the icon for it.
When you have selected the file you want, click the 'Open' box.


Nice. Thx Tanit. To be frank, I'd like to know the difference between the click on the button and click at the button. 'Cause this is something which I uses a lot...If you check the google for these two phrases then they seems to have the same meaning, but I believe there have to be the difference between them.....Or is not?
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Hi JC,

I just Googled too, and there are about 1% of the number of hits for "click at" than there are for "click on."

Click at just doesn't sound natural. So much about prepositions is idiomatic. We say it that way because we say it that way, as Clive (or is it Mr. P?) sometimes says.
Only on
Ok, many thanks to all of you ! I'll keep that in mind...From now "on the button" only..:-).
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Hi JC,
prepositions often drive me nuts too!
Anyway, it's either "click a button" or "click on a button".
Typical prepositions that have given me trouble are:
post in/on the forum
the info is in/on/at the link
the icons and buttons in/on the bar, menu, system tray, etc.
etc.


Aaaaargh! LOL, I say:
post in/on a forum
at a link (sometimes also "on")
icons and bottons in the bar, menu, system tray, etc. ("on" would sometimes be ok too, I think)
find something at www.englishfroums.com (also "on", I guess)
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I'm never sure what to use... I mean, sometimes I would like to change the typical preposition. What's wrong with a picture on www.EnglishForward.com instead of a picture at www.EnglishForward.com? But I'm never sure, so I don't change em...
So it is possible to say "Click the button" or "Click on the button".
But what does the "on" add to the sentence? Does it emphasize the surface (on the table...) or direction?
I don't think it adds anything. I wouldn't use it.
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