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How are on and in different in the following:

We live on different time zones

We live in different time zones

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We live in different time zones

This is the correct form. You live in a defined area.

You could use on if you were physically on top of something.

We live on the continent

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Your answer to the time zones question is accurate, but you've oversimplified how the word "on" can be used. I can be on the telephone, on hold, waiting for someone on the other end. I can live on campus, but, in that case, "on" means within the confines of, more than it means physically on top of. I can live on a mountain, but that doesn't mean I live "on top" of the mountain. Radios and light bulbs can be "on the table," or they can simply be on. And on and on it goes. –  J.R. Sep 5 '12 at 17:49

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