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“On” hard drive versus “in” memory

Why do American English speakers typically say something is "on the hard drive" when referring to data stored with a hard drive (or other permanent storage device) but when referring to something ...
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2answers
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“On a page” or “in a page” for a web page

Which is the correct usage: Something on a page OR Something in a page By page, I mean a web page, not a physical book page.
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4answers
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“publish in” vs. “publish on”

I've been looking thoroughly about each constructions, but I haven't been successful about when to use them. Some rules of thumb I've found: This forum post and this one suggest publish in ...
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3answers
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Correct usage of ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’

As a foreign English speaker who never really studied too much English grammar other than the basics at high school, I often struggle to decide what is the correct preposition to use in certain ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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Which preposition should be used when referring to an exact date?

I read this in a text book: My test is on 22th of June. I saw this in a YouTube tutorial: My test is at 22th of June. Which sentence uses the right preposition?
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2answers
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Why are you “On a train” yet “In a car” when you are inside both vehicles? [duplicate]

Why are you "On a train" yet "In a car" when you are inside both vehicles? "On a bike" makes sense but "On a plane" seems wrong as you are actually inside the plane rather than on it.
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2answers
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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, which ...
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1answer
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What’s the difference between “in” and “at” when used before a Location/Site/Country/County etc

We always were told that you could use the word in before a place which is a large space e.g. country/city etc. Whereas, before a smaller site or place you should use at. But actually I don’t know ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
763 views

How did the prepositions up and down both come to be associated with writing?

Per this question "Writing things down" vs. "writing things up", it is clear that things can be written "up" (typically in respect to longer entries that are being thoroughly ...
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1answer
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Difference in application of “in” and “at” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “In school” vs “at school” I've been writing some rules for an NLP recently, and I've come across a small problem... What is the difference in the use ...
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1answer
452 views

Why do we say “at H:MM,” but “on yyyy/mm/dd?”

This is not a duplicate of On vs At with date and time. Why do we say 'at' when referring to a clock-time, but 'on' when referring to a date, when they're just differently sized divisions of the ...
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3answers
157 views

Why is it on the spot ( as in put someone on the spot), but in a tough/ tight spot ?

Why isn't the preposition "on" used in both cases?