Translation of "on" - English-French dictionary

on

preposition /on/

touching, fixed to, covering etc the upper or outer side of

sur
The book was lying on the table
He was standing on the floor
She wore a hat on her head.

in or into (a vehicle, train etc)

dans
We were sitting on the bus
I got on the wrong bus.

at or during a certain day, time etc

à
on Monday
On his arrival, he went straight to bed.

about

sur, de
a book on the theatre.

in the state or process of

en
He’s on holiday.

supported by

sur
She was standing on one leg.

receiving, taking

prendre de la drogue, être régime
He is on drugs
She is on a diet.

taking part in

dans; sur
He is on the committee
Which detective is working on this case?

towards

sur
They marched on the town.

near or beside

sur, au bord de
a shop on the main road.

by means of

à
He played a tune on the violin
I spoke to him on the telephone.

being carried by

sur
The thief had the stolen jewels on him.

when (something is, or has been, done)

à
On investigation, there proved to be no need to panic.

followed by

après
oncoming adjective

approaching

qui approche
oncoming traffic.
ongoing adjective

continuing

en cours
an ongoing argument.
onward(s) adverb

moving forward (in place or time)

plus loin, désormais
They marched onward(s).
be on to (someone)

to have discovered (a person’s) trick, secret etc

découvrir
The thieves realized that the police were on to them.
on and on

used with certain verbs to emphasize the length of an activity

sans arrêt
She kept on and on asking questions.
on time

at the right time

à l’heure
He got here on time.
on to / onto

to a position on

sur
He lifted it onto the table.

(Translation of “on” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)