Which is grammatically correct of the two?

  • The CI proudly walked on their processional march.
  • The CI proudly walked in their processional march.

Or are there any other preposition more appropriate for this?

  • Both are grammatically correct, depending on what you mean. Other prepositions that would be correct there are to, from, with, for, behind, as well as others. You need to make clear what you want your sentence to mean.
    – Robusto
    Apr 19 '17 at 0:57
  • Can you clarify the context of this sentence?
    – sharur
    Apr 19 '17 at 0:58
  • This answer seems to be a duplicate of ell.stackexchange.com/questions/76111/usage-of-on-versus-in Aug 21 '17 at 16:35

I feel that in is more appropriate for this usage, but strictly speaking it depends on what one means as a "march" in this instance (and regardless both sentences feel...weird, to me as a native English speaker, mostly due to "processional march").

As a verb, to "march" is "to walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread".

As a noun, a "march" is either a) a rhythm that one would walk through, b) a group of people walking together (generally marching), or c) (more rarely) a route or path, that one would be marching along.

"In" here implies that the CI "proudly walked" as a part of a group (or if the CI is multiple individuals, they could be the entirety of the marching group) of marching individuals (Also, if this is the case, I would generally just call the processional march a "procession").

"On" here implies that the CI "proudly walked" along a processional route.

  • At the very least you're reading your own idiosyncrasies into in and on. There is no reference in the OP's sentence to a group. What if the CI was marching alone? The preposition here addresses the march, not the person (or people) marching.
    – Robusto
    Apr 19 '17 at 1:08
  • @Robusto: As I said, it depends on the meaning of "march". A march can refer to a group. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "an organized procession of demonstrators who are supporting or protesting something", as well as "the distance covered within a specific period of time by marching", which I believe, generally match the working definitions I have provided. The first part of my answer indicates that I think that "march" here has the group meaning, due to the use of the adjective "processional", which matches the group definition, so I indicated that that was the most likely answer.
    – sharur
    Apr 19 '17 at 23:19
  • Also, I don't think I'm adding my idiosyncrasies at all. This is how I speak and am spoken to, as a native English speaker surrounded by mostly native English speakers. My dialect of English, if you will. That my experiences don't match up with yours is not surprising; English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people, on every continent on Earth. If you feel my answer was wrong, by all means, post an answer yourself.
    – sharur
    Apr 19 '17 at 23:19
  • I gave my answer in a comment to the OP's question. I felt, and still feel, that the question is unanswerable in its current form. Apparently you felt something along the same lines, but went ahead and answered anyway.
    – Robusto
    Apr 20 '17 at 1:16

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