Learn English – Fire (at, on, in, to) target

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How to correctly choose the preposition in
"fire (at, on, in, to) target"?

Best Answer

  • on - shoot with purpose to hit and destroy/kill the target.
  • at - shoot in direction of target, attempting to hit but possibly missing it, or not doing any significant damage. ("cover fire")
  • in - shoot through the target which is hollow/open. "fire a rocket in the bunker through that hatch".
  • to - describing maximum range, not actual target. "our mortars can fire to that hill range"