i mean when i'm not talking about places or time like in these examples: Using "on":

On that subject she was adamant.

His contemplative regard fell on Carmen

It's about time you spent some money on yourself.

Pressing on the scar, he winced.

Now with "in":

He was such a wonderful person in so many ways.

As it came to a stop the conductor called out in a loud voice.

He put a spoon in her hand.

Somehow it simply wasn't top priority in her life right now.

"It's okay," he said in a flippant tone.

  • Most of your examples are idiomatic expressions that you just have to learn. Frequently, the choice of preposition is a guide to the action. You can Press in, press on, press up, press down and so on, although some of these are set prepositional verbs, whose meaning is often not clear from their construction. – Ronald Sole Oct 13 '20 at 12:59

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