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Hi there,

I'm doing some exercises on prepositions these days, and I'd like to know the differences between them. Have a look at the following examples:

1. He's diving into VS to the pool. (Would both of them be possible here? Why/why not? Any difference in meaning?)
2. The bid is flying onto VS towards the table. (the same question)
3. The bird is flying off VS away from the table. (the same question)

Thanks in advance,
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onto the table -- with a motion that begins with the bird in the air and ends with the bird standing on the surface of the table.
off the table -- with a motion that begins with the bird standing on the surface of the table and ends with the bird in the air.

towards the table -- with a motion that causes the bird to become closer and closer to the table.
away from the table -- with a motion that causes the bird to become farther and farther from the table.
A bird would fly towards a table and then hop onto it.
A bird would hop off the table and then fly away from it.

CJ
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Hey Anglista

1.) into the pool.

Into is used when talking about an enclosed space. Ex. John slipped some money into Pete's pocket. To refers to the destination with respect to a person, thing etc. Ex. 1.)The gold coin was returned to the old woman. 2.) She went back to Australia.

Cheers,

Ashwitha
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thanks,

could someone try to answer to the other two sentences?
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