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IN and ON: Confused as to what is the logic here? [closed]

Why is the preposition in used for ‘the mountains’ but on for ‘the beach’? They wish to live IN the mountains or ON the beach. Go IN the air ON the Plane. Go IN the Car ON the Road. ...
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at / on/ in (the) (Math) exam

I think it is common to say I did well on the exam in AmE. I did well in the exam in BrE. Which prepositions are suitable for the following situations in which if we mention the exam we ...
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Is it “in” or “on the holidays”?

I'm unsure about the correct preposition of time regarding two sentences. This is the fist sentence in question: I'll call her ... the holidays. Possible solutions are at/in/on. I already ...
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On or In this matter? [closed]

"Decision Making? I believe I do okay in/on this matter." Should I use 'on' or 'in'?
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In or On Microsoft Excel's Table/Cells/Column

I have a rather odd question here. I am delivering a presentation to a wide audience of Excel users. How do you go about using prepositions when it comes down to Microsoft Excel's Worksheet, ...
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“In the news” or “on the news”

I found this question in a textbook: Q: The company's stock tumbled _____ the news that it would have to recall over 30,000 tires that were produced in 2004. A: in B: for C: on Should ...
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Is a server “in the Internet” or “on the Internet”

When talking about a server on/in the internet, which preposition would you use? In the question "In the Internet" vs. "on the Internet", it is recommended to [...] use "on". ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list” [closed]

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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in/on/at the square

Every time I see a different preposition for the word square, I wonder whether I do not understand it or there is a mistake. On 10 October [1939] they gathered everyone on the brewery square, ...
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Do we use “in” or “on” when discussing months? [closed]

Which of the following is correct? He graduated in March 1990. He graduated on March 1990.
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Preposition ON or IN to proceed 'Monday's workshop'

I'm a bit confused by the following phrase "To all students who participated in/on Monday's workshop..." and I can't quite get my head around it... Which preposition should I use, "in" or "on"? I ...
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“on the National Mall” - why “on” and not “in”?

From the news: NASA is hosting a series of events on the National Mall. The National Mall is a national park, and we usually use the preposition in: The events in the national park were ...
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“Work on the field” vs. “work in the field” [closed]

Which of these is correct, or are both? The farmer works on the field. The farmer works in the field.
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...
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Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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“Knowledgeable about” vs. “knowledgeable on” vs. “knowledgeable in”

When should I use each of the collocations "knowledgeable about", "knowledgeable on", and "knowledgeable in"?
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Why “on the books”, not “in the books”

On the books means "part of the law". These changes would add little to the civil rights laws now on the books. I know the meaning of this idiom, and idioms are used as they are, but idioms ...
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*In* or *On* Contacts?

I'm making a chat application and when the user chooses to delete someone I need to show a confirmation window, but I'm unsure which to use. Option 1 Are you sure you want to delete? You will no ...
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Does one work in or on an aeroplane?

In an exam paper, there was a picture of an air stewardess in the aeroplane serving passengers. One of my pupils wrote the following: The air stewardess works on an aeroplane. Shouldn't it be ...
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“In a broad range of positions” or “on a broad range of positions”? [closed]

I'm writing a cover letter and need to know the proper way of saying this: Over the last ten years I had the opportunity to work for multinational companies in/on a broad range of management ...
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Why do we say “the Indians were put on reservations” and not “in reservations”

The preposition "on" is used to refer to a surface like "on the floor" or "on the ceiling" "in" is used to refer as a enclosed space like "in a country" or "in a city". Why do we say "the Indians ...
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Which is more grammatically correct - “performance in” or “performance on”?

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? a. John's performance on the test shocked the teacher. (or) b. John's performance in the test shocked the teacher.
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“For/during/on/in the first two nights”

He slept very well for the first two nights, but on the third night, he did not. Can I say “in the first two nights”, “during the first two nights” or “on the first two nights” instead of “for ...
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“On the header” vs. “in the header”

Include logo on the header of all the pages. In that sentence, is it correct to use on or should it be in? I have a decent idea of where to use on and in most of the time. But in the above ...
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“The first step in making” vs. “the first step on making” vs. “the first step at making”

I have this sentence: I strongly believe that the first step in making the most efficient solution for any problem is analyzing it well. Would it be better to use either of the following? ...
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“There is a car on/in the street”

Do we use in or on when we want to talk about some action or event that takes place in/on the street? This car has been parked [in/on] our street for a week now. There's nobody [in/on] the ...
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Is it “View on Facebook” or “View in Facebook”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: View on Facebook or View in Facebook?
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Is it wrong to use “The Albatross is now on the sky”? [closed]

Is it wrong to use "The Albatross is now on the sky"? Is it like we should always say "The Albatross is now in the sky"? I would like to get an explanation for this. Thanks.
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how to use “in” and “on” different things [duplicate]

There is a really big confusion in me when it comes to using "in" and "on". If I am describing a position of an object I know how the two words differ, but when it comes to other things it really ...
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“In the roads” vs. “on the roads” [duplicate]

He is driving in the roads of the mountain. He is driving on the roads of the mountain. Which is correct, "in the roads" or "on the roads"?
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“In the market” or “on the market”

I am trying to help a friend of mine proofreading an English email and she has a preposition there that I am not completely certain is correct. The original sentence was this: [Name of the ...
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Does a pedestrian walk 'in' the road, or 'on' the road (both are correct, but which is right?)

Having a bit of a debate about this with some foreign colleagues of mine. I've always used the phrase 'I'm walking in the road', they think that you should say 'I'm walking on the road'.. I'm not ...
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“Place the television on/in the left corner and sofa set at/in the right corner”

One question came in my exam: We've decided to place the television on/in the left corner and sofa set at/in the right corner of the room. For non-livings there should be a common preposition. ...
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Is it “on top of sth” or “in top of sth”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to say “the bird is in the tree” or “on the tree”? I have always been inclined to use the preposition "on" rather than "in" but I've come across a usage ...
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Apples are “in the tree” or “on the tree”?

Apples are "in the tree" or "on the tree"?
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Do you say content is in a website or on a website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “On website” or “at website”? Which of these is correct: “Sheila is now in Facebook” or “Sheila is now on Facebook”? ...
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“In time” or “On time”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “In time ” versus “on time” “On time” vs. “in time” I am confused between usages of "On" and "In" in following ...
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“In the menu” vs. “on the menu” (in software)

I usually see this phrase used interchangeably with the prepositions in and on. I know that their meaning isn’t the same, but I can’t think of situations where we should use one instead of another. ...
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Fire (at, on, in, to) target

How to correctly choose the preposition in "fire (at, on, in, to) target"?
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Semantics of “on” versus “in”

Please help me in choosing the right preposition in this sentence: The returned values seem a bit confusing on/in its semantics, Here I'm talking about returned values of a computer programming ...
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Why “live on campus” but not “live in campus”

Why do we say he lives on campus but not he lives in campus? Technically we live in the boundaries of the campus.
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“On time” vs. “in time” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “In time ” versus “on time” I don't know if there is any difference. Which of the following should I use? I'll be on time to catch the ...
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“Stop by” vs. “stop at” vs. “stop on” vs. “stop in”

What is the difference between the following? [ I am on a bus] Could you stop by/at/on/in 23rd and Pine?
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Which preposition in front of “line” — “on”, “in”, “at”?

The result of a Google search for "error" and "PREP line" is: "error" "on line": 439,000,000 results "error" "in line": 60.600.000 results "error" "at line": 35,800,000 results While on is the ...
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“On Mac OS X” vs. “in Mac OS X”

The NY Times uses both "on Mac OS X" and "in Mac OS X". Can someone explain which one seems more appropriate if there is no difference?
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“At hand” vs “on hand” vs “in hand”

What's the difference between at hand, on hand and in hand? At hand seems to me as if you have something in reach. On hand is if you have something in stock. And in hand can be used as if you have ...
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ON an American street, but IN a British one. Do the twain ever meet?

In the United States, we say that someone lives on a street, whereas I've noticed that British people say in. For instance: Bubba lives on Washington Street. Colin lives in Cavendish Avenue. I ...
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Which of these is correct: “Sheila is now in Facebook” or “Sheila is now on Facebook”?

Can I also use in when referring to someone who is already a member of Facebook?
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Preposition usage: on, in, and at

Which is correct, "I worked on a project" or "I worked in a project?" Should I say "when I was at the university I studied math" or "when I was in the university I studied math?"