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Initially, the verb Tie means to fasten something on something, but what would be the proper preposition to use after Tie?

I've made a search but I couldn't find anything, what is the difference between these two terms? Could anyone provide me some examples and explain what differs them?

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    It depends: Tie a knot in a rope - Tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree - Tie your boat to the dock - Tie a fly on your fishing pole. – cobaltduck Jan 20 '17 at 20:27
  • What kind of search did you make? Try this one – Jim Jan 20 '17 at 23:26
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From a native speaker:

Tie can take many prepositions. 'Tie on' is more physical ... to 'tie one on' is to get drunk (perhaps related to hanging, like the morning hangover).

'Tie to' is to more abstract a connection, so your question is tied to (somewhat connected to) the differences that a little preposition can have on the meaning of the sentence.

'Tie someone up' means put ropes on their body. In the abstract, it means to confine them or involve them in something unwanted: "I am in a rush, and you want to tie me up with a long conversation."

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