This is from a native British speakerMr. maker see 0:50-0:55

"...and carefully cut them out then glue these shapes to the side of the box that doesn't have the drawers on."

I don't understand why there is an "on" at the end.

The box is a box which is composed of the stacking match boxes and gluing them together, So, one side of the box has drawers and the other side does not have the drawers.

So, "......side of the box that does not have drawers" would be fine.

Why "....on" at the end?

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    The British often do this: they say: "the side of the box that doesn't have drawers on" to mean "the side of the box that doesn't have drawers on it". aka with no drawers.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 21:42
  • I would have said "...that doesn't have the drawers in it", since the drawers are part of the structure and not just a surface feature. But people don't always use prepositions logically. Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 9:30

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Is it the correct use of the preposition?

Yes - the preposition is correct.

It's common to say that something is 'on' a side of something. Looking at the box he had made, the opening for the drawers was on one side, and the reverse was just a plain side. If he had been talking about the opposite side, he might well have said: "on the side with the drawers".

Is the preposition placed correctly?

Again, yes.

It isn't unusual to move a preposition like 'on' to the end of a sentence, for example:

  • He took off his shoes
  • He took his shoes off
  • He put on his hat
  • He put his hat on
  • You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off
  • You're only supposed to blow off the bloody doors
  • Thanks for the answer. He said "the side of the box that doesn't have the drawers on". Secondly I know that saying "something is on a side" is common, but this does not seem to be that structure. If it had been that structure, then the sentence would have been ""the side of the box which the drawers are on.". They would not have needed the verb "have", would they?
    – Yunus
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 18:07
  • @Yunus look at the examples I included. You can place the preposition differently, perhaps that is why you don't think it is an idiomatic construction. But take it from a native English speaker, it's perfectly common.
    – Astralbee
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 18:21
  • I looked at the examples, they are all phrasal verbs. "take on", "take off" etc. and I understand the prepositions can be put at the end. But what is the phrasal verb in the sentence in question? There is no phrasal verb, is there?
    – Yunus
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 18:30
  • @yunus the verb is "glue". We use this as a verb to mean 'stick' or 'attach' when using glue.
    – Astralbee
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 18:39
  • @Yunus I don't understand why you don't acknowledge what I said. AmE speakers would not say it like that. BrE: The bottle with the label on. Versus: The bottle with the lable on it. They often just use "on" instead of on it, on them. etc.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 19 at 21:15

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