I was wondering if it is correct to use "on" meaning that something is on (inside) something else. For example:
There is a book on the drawer
If it is wrong, it is correct to use "in" instead?
No, the preposition "on" indicates that something is on top of something else; this can be either physically or not.
On also indicates "with contact", unlike above that indicates "without contact", see for example:
To indicate inside, simply use "in":
In this case, I do not believe that "on" and "in" can be used interchangably.
If someone said to me "There is a book on the drawer" I would be confused because drawers are usually inside something else (such as a desk or a dresser) and it's not normally possible to be on top of something like a drawer, unless the drawer is extended. Only if the drawer is extended would it make sense to say " on the drawer" and it would mean (to me) that the book was resting across the rims of the drawer, but not actually inside the drawer.
If someone said "There is a book in the drawer" I would immediately open the drawer to look for the book. There would be no confusion about what the sentence means.
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In the case on would mean at the top of the drawer. And yes, in would have the same meaning as inside.