I just received a mail from someone about forwarding a document to a third person. I found this sentence:

...can you send it onto Amy for review?...

But I would write

...can you send it to Amy for review?...

Is correct the usage of onto? Is there any difference in the meaning of both sentences?

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There is an implied difference between sending it to Amy and sending it on to Amy.

This is an instance where you need to use two words on to instead of the single word onto.

Onto Amy would imply on top of Amy as in: The dog jumped onto Amy. But in your example the underlying phase concerned is sending it on, which means forwarding it

So the difference between to and on to in this case is that one indicates merely that the item is going to Amy and the other indicates that it is being forwarded to Amy via the recipient from the original source. That's to say, it involves three parties rather than two.

For more explanations and examples of the differences between on to and onto, see:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/onto

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/onto-or-on-to

  • To summarise in this case, onto is misused, on to implies forwarding or three parties and to is for the simple act of sending something. Am I right? – gustavovelascoh Oct 11 at 11:21
  • Yes you are right (Forwarding implies an original sender and an original recipient who sends the item on (forwards it) to an/other recipient/s. – Ronald Sole Oct 11 at 11:45

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