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French translation of “on”

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
disaster on disaster.
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.
(Definition of on from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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