Do these variations mean anything different, or is one more correct?

I have been accepted onto a course at the University of Stack Exchange

I have been accepted to the Masters programme

Are there any other variations?

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    Correctness has no degrees. Something is either correct or incorrect. You could say most appropriate though.
    – Kris
    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:34
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    onto sounds archaic to my ears.
    – Mr Lister
    Feb 22, 2013 at 13:15
  • @Kris This seems at odds with Quirk and Svartvik's suggested 5-point gradience for acceptability of constructions. They deal with the reality that some people will accept as correct a construction that others won't. If we are to use a higher-level definition of correctness and incorrectness, there will be an awful lot of constructions in neither set. Oct 2, 2015 at 17:07
  • @EdwinAshworth OLD-O Acceptability: "the degree to which something is agreed or approved of by most people in a society" (emphasis mine) oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/acceptability ibid., Correct: accurate or true, without any mistakes oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/…
    – Kris
    Oct 6, 2015 at 13:51
  • @Kris 'Who says that "correct" is a binary predicate? It's just as incremental as any other adjective. And stop worrying about grammatical fo paz. You don't know enough to worry properly yet. – John Lawler' {Is using “more correct” a grammatical faux pas?}. // Didn't you spot the later example in OLD: 'He is always very correct in his speech.'? Or are we free to select just the sense we like best? Oct 25, 2015 at 22:11

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"Accepted into a course" is the usual wording for these things.


Accepted into a course is American English. Accepted onto a course is more common in British English.


Into or to would be correct for both, with into the more usual in both cases.

At or to for "...accepted at the University...".

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