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In the following sentence, should I use in or on?

If I ever make a list, not only will you be in/on it, you'll top it, too.

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"I" must be capitalized. There must be a space after each comma. "Not only you'll be" should be "not only will you be". And a comma before "too" would be nice. This stuff matters, and if you don't pay attention to it, choosing between "in" and "on" will be the least of your worries. – RegDwigнt Apr 20 '12 at 9:51
@RegDwight I have just spent the last 5 minutes trying to find a grammatical or spelling mistake in that comment :). – JakeJ Apr 20 '12 at 10:31
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You should go with on. I would phrase your sentence

If I ever make a list, not only will you be on it, you'll be on top of it.

On just-the-word you can take a look at many examples. For instance:

The first number on the list was a posh-sounding hotel.

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Nice! I've not seen "just-the-word" before. – Matt E. Эллен Apr 20 '12 at 10:12

If you look at a list as a container of names/persons then it is valid to say.

If I ever make a list, not only will you be in it, you'll be on top of it.

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