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Which one is correct:

On the first line of this page is written.

In the first line of this page is written.

  • Please note that neither of those is a complete sentence. If you want to know which is correct then you need to give complete sentences and also give sufficient context for us to decide which, if either of your sentences, is correct for that context. – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 21:21
  • I'm sure John Lawler would point out that you can choose either the on-a-flat-surface or the container metaphor here. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 31 '15 at 21:30
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Here is some text. It forms the first line of this answer.

If you look at that first line then you can say that:

On the first line of this answer is written the phrase, "Here is some text. It forms the first line of this answer."

Looking at that first line again, you can say that:

In the first line of this answer is written the word, 'forms'.

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    I'm so sorry. I don't understand what you mean. Would you please explain more? – keramus Oct 31 '15 at 21:06
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    I'll rewrite my answer. Apologies for making it self-referential. – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 21:13

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