Hi guys,

Which on to/onto makes sense below:

Pass the costs onto/on to the customers

Many thanks in advance!
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Onto is a preposition. In a sentence, the preposition
will be part of a prepositional phrase consisting of
onto + its object + any modifiers of its objects
. The entire phrase it is a part of will function adverbially to modify the
or verb phrase that precedes the phrase.

However, there are a number of sentences where either form would be correct, depending on the intended meaning. Take a look at some examples:

1. We drove onto the turnpike. (We got on the turnpike.)

2. We drove on to the turnpike. (We drove until we got to the turnpike.

3. It would be more profitable to shift the cost onto your customers.

4. It would be more profitable to pass the cost on to your customers.

Hope we can now choose when to choose onto and when to choose on to than a lot of explanation involving grammatical terminology.

In the sentance " Pass the cost onto/ on to the customers" it entirely depends on teh meeting intended.

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Hi ..Maybe this can help...But first ....If you hear a native English speaker say ¨ONTO or ON TO¨ they will say them both as a 1 word sound. The key is this ...¨on to¨ means to continue....¨onto¨ means to finalize a concept or fix a position.There are a million other contexts too.

So they do have quite distinctive meaning...

Here are a couple of example´s

I drove on to the beach means something like I drove up the hill, past the gates until I got(arrived) to the beach.

I drove onto the beach means something like ..I drove through the gates and parked on the sand.

If you really want to say correct pronunciation then the on in the 1st example is said much longer...but I wouldn´t worry about that.

So hope that helps you.

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Thanks for your response, so in my exame which is correct? - I mean that a company should get rid of costs and pass them over to the competitors

Thanks in advance,

Hi Andy,

[pass them on] [to the customer]
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You've got a phrasal verb pass on here, and the particle at the end of a phrasal verb can't be combined with another word, so you can't use onto. on to is what you need.
Pass your papers in to the teacher. (to pass in)
It took a while, but Charlie finally caught on to the joke. (to catch on)
Here's the news of the day. Pass it on to the others. (to pass on)
The teacher couldn't get the students turned on to poetry. (to turn on)
After a hectic day, they settled in to a good night's sleep. (to settle in)
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Thanks guys!
Hey Andy - think your sentence should read "Pass on the costs to the customer" - as for onto vs on to, personal perference for me is "onto" if physically laid on top of something and "on to" should usually always be just "on" ...