While reading I found something freak:

With good governance structures and significant new financial grants, the selected public institutions will be able to '[ innovate on ]' courses and encourage research.

According to Oxford Advanced learner's (innovate sth) is correct.
But here in this sentence innovate on is being used.
Is it correct?

  • Regardless of whether you use a preposition or not (or which preposition you use), I don't think innovate is a very suitable verb in the cited context. Mainstream Anglophones would probably have used improve, develop, or similar, so it was no surprise to me to discover that the cited example is "Indian English" from The Hindu. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 14 '18 at 16:26

Either 'innovate' or 'innovate on' can be used.

Other examples of 'innovate on', (including citation):

How McCormick Uses Design Thinking To Innovate on Its Product Line Citation

to introduce something new; make changes (often fol. by on or in): to innovate on another's creation Citation

Instead, they create a culture in which every employee is encouraged and empowered to innovate on its processes, products, workflows or services. Citation

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.