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In vs. On: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on November 22, 2023
"In" typically denotes a position within boundaries, while "On" suggests a position atop or outside boundaries.

Key Differences

"In" indicates a location or position within something larger or enclosed, such as being inside a room or part of a group. Conversely, "On" places something or someone on a surface, boundary, or level, as in placing a book on a table or scheduling a meeting on a date.
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"In" can also express a state of involvement or participation, like being in a conversation or in a deal. "On," however, often refers to a state of operation or functionality, for example, when a device is operating, it's on.
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"In" can signify a period of time, like being in the summer or in 2022, meaning within the duration of. On the other side, "On" points to specific dates or days, such as on Monday or on my birthday, pinpointing exact moments.
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"In" is used for describing a condition or state, as in being in trouble or in a mess, denoting a circumstance. Whereas "On" is used to denote a condition of being engaged in an activity, like being on a call or on duty.
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"In" and "On" both indicate transportation, but differently; "in" a car means inside, while "on" a bus means aboard, not specifying inside or outside.
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Comparison Chart

Position

Within boundaries
Atop or outside boundaries
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Functionality

Involvement or state
Operation or activity
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Time

Period or duration
Specific dates or moments
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Condition

Circumstance or state
Engagement in an activity
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Transportation

Inside
Aboard
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In and On Definitions

In

In indicates being inside or within;
The cookies are in the jar.
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On

On denotes engagement
He's on call tonight.
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In

In denotes a condition;
She's in trouble for arriving late.
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On

On for being aboard
Get on the train.
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In

In implies involvement;
He's in the chess club.
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On

Used to indicate position above and supported by or in contact with
The vase is on the table. We rested on our hands and knees.
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In

Within the limits, bounds, or area of
Was hit in the face.
Born in the spring.
A chair in the garden.
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On

Used to indicate contact with or extent over (a surface) regardless of position
A picture on the wall.
A rash on my back.
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In

From the outside to a point within; into
Threw the letter in the wastebasket.
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On

Used to indicate location at or along
The pasture on the south side of the river.
A house on the highway.
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In

To or at a situation or condition of
Was split in two.
In debt.
A woman in love.
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On

Used to indicate proximity
A town on the border.
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In

Having the activity, occupation, or function of
A life in politics.
The officer in command.
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On

Used to indicate attachment to or suspension from
Beads on a string.
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In

During the act or process of
Tripped in racing for the bus.
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On

Used to indicate figurative or abstract position
On the young side, but experienced.
On her third beer.
Stopped on chapter two.
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In

With the arrangement or order of
Fabric that fell in luxuriant folds.
Arranged to purchase the car in equal payments.
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On

Used to indicate actual motion toward, against, or onto
Jumped on the table.
The march on Washington.
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In

After the style or form of
A poem in iambic pentameter.
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On

Used to indicate figurative or abstract motion toward, against, or onto
Going on six o'clock.
Came on the answer by accident.
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In

With the characteristic, attribute, or property of
A tall man in an overcoat.
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On

Used to indicate occurrence at a given time
On July third.
Every hour on the hour.
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In

By means of
Paid in cash.
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On

Used to indicate the particular occasion or circumstance
On entering the room, she saw him.
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In

Made with or through the medium of
A statue in bronze.
A note written in German.
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On

Used to indicate the object affected by actual, perceptible action
The spotlight fell on the actress. He knocked on the door.
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In

With the aim or purpose of
Followed in pursuit.
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On

Used to indicate the object affected by a figurative action
Have pity on them.
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In

With reference to
Six inches in depth.
Has faith in your judgment.
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On

Used to indicate the object of an action directed, tending, or moving against it
An attack on the fortress.
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In

Used to indicate the second and larger term of a ratio or proportion
Saved only one in ten.
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On

Used to indicate the object of perception or thought
Gazed on the vista.
Meditated on his actions.
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In

To or toward the inside
Opened the door and stepped in.
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On

Used to indicate the agent or agency of a specified action
Cut his foot on the broken glass.
Talked on the telephone.
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In

To or toward a destination or goal
The mob closed in.
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On

Used to indicate a medicine or other corrective taken or undertaken routinely
Went on a strict diet.
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In

(Sports) So as to score, as by crossing home plate in baseball
Singled the runner in.
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On

Used to indicate a substance that is the cause of an addiction, a habit, or an altered state of consciousness
High on dope.
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In

Within a place, as of business or residence
The manager is in before anyone else.
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On

Used to indicate a source or basis
"We will reach our judgments not on intentions or on promises but on deeds and on results" (Margaret Thatcher).
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In

So as to be available or under one's control
We can proceed when all the evidence is in.
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On

Used to indicate a source of power or energy
The car runs on methane.
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In

So as to include or incorporate
Fold in the egg whites.
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On

Used to indicate the state or process of
On leave.
On fire.
On the way.
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In

So as to occupy a position of success or favor
Campaigned hard and was voted in.
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On

Used to indicate the purpose of
Travel on business.
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In

In a particular relationship
Got in bad with their supervisor.
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On

Used to indicate a means of conveyance
Ride on a train.
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In

Located inside; inner.
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On

Used to indicate availability by means of
Beer on tap.
A physician on call.
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In

Incoming; inward
Took the in bus.
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On

Used to indicate belonging to
A nurse on the hospital staff.
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In

Holding office; having power
The in party.
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On

Used to indicate addition or repetition
Heaped error on error.
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In

Currently fashionable
The in thing to wear this season.
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On

Concerning; about
A book on astronomy.
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In

Concerned with or attuned to the latest fashions
The in crowd.
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On

Concerning and to the disadvantage of
We have some evidence on him.
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In

Relating to, understandable to, or coming from an exclusive group
An in reference.
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On

(Informal) In one's possession; with
I haven't a cent on me.
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In

One that has position, influence, or power
The ins against the outs.
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On

At the expense of; compliments of
Drinks on the house.
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In

(Informal) Influence; power
Had an in with the authorities.
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On

In or into a position or condition of being supported by or in contact with something
Put the coffee on.
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In

Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits.
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On

In or into a position of being attached to or covering something
Put your clothes on.
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In

Contained by.
The dog is in the kennel.
There were three pickles in a jar.
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On

In the direction of something
He looked on while the ship docked.
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In

Within the bounds or limits of.
I like living in the city.
There are lots of trees in the park.
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On

Toward or at a point lying ahead in space or time; forward
The play moved on to the next city.
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In

Surrounded by; among; amidst.
We are in the enemy camp.
Her plane is in the air.
Waiter! There's a fly in my soup!
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On

At or to a more distant point in time or space
I'll do it later on.
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In

Wearing (an item of clothing).
I glanced over at the pretty girl in the red dress.
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On

Toward or to a different state or condition
Let's move on to another subject.
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In

Part of; a member of; out of; from among.
You are one in a million.
She's in an orchestra.
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On

In a continuous course
He worked on quietly.
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In

During (a period of time).
My birthday is in the first week of December.
Easter falls in the fourth lunar month.
The country reached a high level of prosperity in his first term.
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On

In or into performance or operation
Turn on the radio.
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In

Within (a certain elapsed time); by the end of.
Will you be able to finish this in a week?
The massacre resulted in over 1000 deaths in three hours.
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On

In progress or action; in a state of activity
The show must go on.
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In

At the end of (a period of time).
They said they would call us in a week.
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On

In or at the present position or condition
Stay on.
Hang on.
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In

Characterized by.
Many English nouns in -is form their plurals in -es.
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On

In a condition of being scheduled for or decided upon
There is a party on tonight.
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In

Into.
Less water gets in your boots this way.
She stood there looking in the window longingly.
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On

Being in operation
The television is on.
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In

Used to indicate limit, qualification, condition, or circumstance.
In replacing the faucet washers, he felt he was making his contribution to the environment.
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On

Engaged in a given function or activity, such as a vocal or dramatic role
You're on in five minutes!.
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In

Indicating an order or arrangement.
My fat rolls around in folds.
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On

Under or behaving as if under observation
A minister is always on.
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In

Denoting a state of the subject.
He stalked away in anger.
John is in a coma.
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On

(Informal) Functioning or performing at a high degree of competence or energy
The goalie is really on.
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In

Indicates, connotatively, a place-like form of someone's (or something's) personality, as his, her or its psychic and physical characteristics.
You've got a friend in me.
He's met his match in her.
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On

Planned; intended
We have nothing much on for this weekend.
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In

Pertaining to; with regard to.
There has been no change in his condition.
What grade did he get in English?
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On

Happening; taking place
The parade is on.
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In

Used to indicate means, medium, format, genre, or instrumentality.
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On

(Baseball) Having reached base safely; on base
Two runners are on.
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In

(of something offered or given in an exchange) In the form of, in the denomination of.
Please pay me in cash — preferably in tens and twenties.
The deposit can be in any legal tender, even in gold.
Her generosity was rewarded in the success of its recipients.
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On

In the state of being active, functioning or operating.
All the lights are on, so they must be home.
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In

Used to indicate a language, script, tone, etc. of a text, speech, etc.
Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" in C minor is among his most popular.
His speech was in French, but was simultaneously translated into eight languages.
When you write in cursive, it's illegible.
Military letters should be formal in tone, but not stilted.
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On

Performing according to schedule; taking place.
Are we still on for tonight?
Is the show still on?
We had to ration our food because there was a war on.
That TV programme that you wanted to watch is on now.
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In

To enclose.
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On

Fitted; covering; being worn.
Your feet will soon warm up once your socks are on.
I was trying to drink out of the bottle while the top was still on!
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In

To take in; to harvest.
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On

(postpositive) Of a stated part of something, oriented towards the viewer or other specified direction.
The photograph shows the UFO side on.
Edge on, side on, end on, face on
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In

At or towards the interior of a defined space, such as a building or room.
Suddenly a strange man walked in.
Would you like that to take away or eat in?
He ran to the edge of the swimming pool and dived in.
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On

Acceptable, appropriate.
You can't do that; it's just not on.
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In

Towards the speaker or other reference point.
They flew in from London last night.
For six hours the tide flows in, then for another six hours it flows out.
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On

(informal) Destined, normally in the context of a challenge being accepted; involved, doomed.
"Five bucks says the Cavs win tonight." ―"You're on!"
Mike just threw coffee onto Paul's lap. It's on now.
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In

So as to be enclosed or surrounded by something.
Bring the water to the boil and drop the vegetables in.
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On

Having reached a base as a runner and being positioned there, awaiting further action from a subsequent batter.
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In

After the beginning of something.
The show still didn't become interesting 20 minutes in.
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On

(cricket) Within the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman.
The captain moved two fielders to the on side.
Ponsonby-Smythe hit a thumping on drive.
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In

(in combination, after a verb) Denotes a gathering of people assembled for the stated activity, sometimes, though not always, suggesting a protest.
Sing-in, pray-in, hug-in; see also be-in, love-in, sit-in, teach-in.
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On

Acting in character.
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In

A position of power or influence, or a way to get it.
His parents got him an in with the company.
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On

(euphemistic) Menstruating.
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In

One who, or that which, is in; especially, one who is in office.
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On

To an operating state.
Turn the television on
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In

(sport) The state of a batter/batsman who is currently batting; see innings.
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On

So as to cover or be fitted.
The lid wasn't screwed on properly.
Put on your hat and gloves.
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In

A re-entrant angle; a nook or corner.
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On

Along, forwards (continuing an action).
Drive on, rock on
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In

Abbreviation of inch; inches
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On

In continuation, at length.
And so on
He rambled on and on.
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In

(not comparable) Located indoors, especially at home or at one's office or place of work.
Is Mr. Smith in?
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On

(obsolete in the US) Later.
Ten years on, nothing had changed in the village.
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In

(not comparable) Located inside something.
Little by little I pushed the snake into the basket, until finally all of it was in.
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On

Of betting odds, denoting a better-than-even chance. See also odds-on.
That horse is twenty-to-one on, so you need to stake twenty pounds just to win one pound.
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In

Falling or remaining within the bounds of the playing area.
If the tennis ball bounces on the line then it's in.
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On

Positioned at the upper surface of, touching from above.
A vase of flowers stood on the table.
Please lie down on the couch.
The parrot was sitting on Jim's shoulder.
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In

Inserted or fitted into something.
I've discovered why the TV wasn't working – the plug wasn't in!
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On

Positioned at or resting against the outer surface of; attached to.
He had a scar on the side of his face.
There is a dirty smudge on this window.
The painting hangs on the wall.
The fruit ripened on the trees.
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In

Having been collected or received.
The replies to the questionnaires are now all in.
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On

Expressing figurative placement or attachment.
All of the responsibility is on him.
I put a bet on the winning horse.
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In

In fashion; popular.
Skirts are in this year.
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On

Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with.
To play on a violin or piano
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In

Incoming.
The in train
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On

At or in (a certain region or location).
The lighthouse that you can see is on the mainland.
The suspect is thought to still be on the campus.
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In

Furled or stowed.
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On

Near; adjacent to; alongside.
The fleet is on the American coast.
Croton-on-Hudson, Rostov-on-Don, Southend-on-Sea
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In

Of the tide, at or near its highest level.
You can't get round the headland when the tide's in.
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On

Supported by (the specified part of itself).
A table can't stand on two legs.
After resting on his elbows, he stood on his toes, then walked on his heels.
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In

(legal) With privilege or possession; used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin
In by descent;
In by purchase;
In of the seisin of her husband
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On

So as to impart force to.
Tug on the rope; push hard on the door
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In

(cricket) Currently batting.
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So as to impact; against.
I stubbed my toe on an old tree stump.
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In

Having familiarity or involvement with somebody.
He is very in with the Joneses.
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On

Covering.
He wore old shoes on his feet.
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In

(informal) Having a favourable position, such as a position of influence or expected gain, in relation to another person.
I think that bird fancies you. You're in there, mate!
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On

(with certain modes of transport, especially public transport) Inside (a vehicle) for the purpose of travelling.
On a bus, on a train, on a plane
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In

(of fire or fuel) Burning; ablaze.
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On

At the date of.
Born on the 4th of July.
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In

The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is used with verbs signifying being, resting, or moving within limits, or within circumstances or conditions of any kind conceived of as limiting, confining, or investing, either wholly or in part. In its different applications, it approaches some of the meanings of, and sometimes is interchangeable with, within, into, on, at, of, and among.
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On

Some time during the day of.
On Sunday I'm busy. I'll see you on Monday.
Can I see you on a different day?
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In

With reference to space or place; as, he lives in Boston; he traveled in Italy; castles in the air.
The babe lying in a manger.
Thy sun sets weeping in the lowly west.
Situated in the forty-first degree of latitude.
Matter for censure in every page.
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On

At a given time after the start of something; at.
Smith scored again on twelve minutes, doubling Mudchester Rovers' lead.
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In

With reference to circumstances or conditions; as, he is in difficulties; she stood in a blaze of light.
Wrapt in sweet sounds, as in bright veils.
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On

Dealing with the subject of; about; concerning.
I was reading a book on history.
The city hosted the World Summit on the Information Society
I have no opinion on this subject.
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In

With reference to a whole which includes or comprises the part spoken of; as, the first in his family; the first regiment in the army.
Nine in ten of those who enter the ministry.
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On

(informal) In the possession of.
I haven't got any money on me.
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In

With reference to physical surrounding, personal states, etc., abstractly denoted; as, I am in doubt; the room is in darkness; to live in fear.
When shall we three meet again,In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
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On

Because of, or due to.
To arrest someone on suspicion of bribery
To contact someone on a hunch
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In

With reference to character, reach, scope, or influence considered as establishing a limitation; as, to be in one's favor.
Sounds inharmonious in themselves, and harsh.
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On

Upon; at the time of (and often because of).
On Jack's entry, William got up to leave.
On the addition of ammonia, a chemical reaction begins.
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In

With reference to movement or tendency toward a certain limit or environment; - sometimes equivalent to into; as, to put seed in the ground; to fall in love; to end in death; to put our trust in God.
He would not plunge his brother in despair.
She had no jewels to deposit in their caskets.
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On

Paid for by.
The drinks are on me tonight, boys.
The meal is on the house.
I paid for the airfare and meals for my family, but the hotel room was on the company.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

With reference to a limit of time; as, in an hour; it happened in the last century; in all my life.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating a means or medium.
I saw it on television.
Can't you see I'm on the phone?
My favorite shows are on BBC America.
The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show is on YouTube.
The film was released on DVD.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation (i. e., he comprehends it in his mind); the Republicans were in (i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e., in or into the head); his side was in (i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in (i. e., into the house).
Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating the target of, or thing affected by, an event or action.
They planned an attack on London.
The soldiers mutinied and turned their guns on their officers.
Her words made a lasting impression on my mind.
What will be the effect on morale?
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

With privilege or possession; - used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Toward; for; indicating the object of an emotion.
Have pity or compassion on him.
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Oct 14, 2023

In

One who is in office; - the opposite of out.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating the person experiencing an emotion, cold, thirst, hunger, etc.
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Oct 14, 2023

In

A reëntrant angle; a nook or corner.
All the ins and outs of this neighborhood.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating a means of subsistence.
They lived on ten dollars a week.
The dog survived three weeks on rainwater.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

To inclose; to take in; to harvest.
He that ears my land spares my team and gives me leave to in the crop.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Engaged in or occupied with (an action or activity).
He's on his lunch break.
I'm on nights all this week.
On vacation; on holiday; on the job; on the fiddle
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

A unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Regularly taking (a drug).
You've been on these antidepressants far too long.
He's acting so strangely, I think he must be on something.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

A rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Under the influence of (a drug).
He's acting crazy because he's on crack right now.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

A state in midwestern United States
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

(mathematics) Having identical domain and codomain.
A function on
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Oct 14, 2023

In

Holding office;
The in party
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Oct 14, 2023

On

(mathematics) Having V^n as domain and V as codomain, for some set V and integer n.
An operator on
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Oct 14, 2023

In

Directed or bound inward;
Took the in bus
The in basket
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Oct 14, 2023

On

(mathematics) Generated by.
The free group on four letters
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Oct 14, 2023

In

Currently fashionable;
The in thing to do
Large shoulder pads are in
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In addition to; besides; indicating multiplication or succession in a series.
Heaps on heaps of food
Mischief on mischief; loss on loss
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Oct 14, 2023

In

To or toward the inside of;
Come in
Smash in the door
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Of
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Oct 14, 2023

In

Inside an enclosed space
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating dependence or reliance.
I depended on them for assistance.
He will promise on certain conditions.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

In can refer to a period;
He was born in the '90s.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

On

(obsolete) At the peril of, or for the safety of.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

In

In for being inside;
They rode in a car.
Janet White
Oct 20, 2023

On

Serving as a member of.
He is on the jury; I am on the committee.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

By virtue of; with the pledge of.
He affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honour.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

To the account or detriment of; denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon.
On us be all the blame.
A curse on him!
Please don't tell on her and get her in trouble.
He turned on her and has been her enemy ever since.
He went all honest on me, making me listen to his confession.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

(especially when numbers of combatants or competitors are specified) Against; in opposition to.
The fight was three on one, and he never stood a chance.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Without.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

To switch on.
Can you on the light?
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In the Japanese language, a pronunciation, or reading, of a kanji character that was originally based on the character's pronunciation in Chinese, contrasted with kun.
Most kanji have two kinds of reading, called "on" and "kun".
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

The general signification of on is situation, motion, or condition with respect to contact or support beneath
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Oct 14, 2023

On

At, or in contact with, the surface or upper part of a thing, and supported by it; placed or lying in contact with the surface; as, the book lies on the table, which stands on the floor of a house on an island.
I stood on the bridge at midnight.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

To or against the surface of; - used to indicate the motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of another; as, rain falls on the earth.
Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with; as, to play on a violin or piano. Hence, figuratively, to work on one's feelings; to make an impression on the mind.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

At or near; adjacent to; - indicating situation, place, or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the fleet is on the American coast.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In addition to; besides; - indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in; as, to depend on a person for assistance; to rely on; hence, indicating the ground or support of anything; as, he will promise on certain conditions; to bet on a horse; based on certain assumptions.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain from labor. See At (synonym).
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

At the time of; - often conveying some notion of cause or motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in full dress or uniform; the shop is closed on Sundays.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Toward; for; - indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

At the peril of, or for the safety of.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

By virtue of; with the pledge of; - denoting a pledge or engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

To the account of; - denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all the blame; a curse on him.
His blood be on us and on our children.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect punctuality; a satire on society.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Of.
Or have we eaten on the insane rootThat takes the reason prisoner?
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey; on the job; on an assignment; on a case; on the alert.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

In the service of; connected with; a member of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it; to meditate on it.
They have added the -en plural form on to an elder plural.
We see the strength of the new movement in the new class of ecclesiastics whom it forced on to the stage.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Forward, in progression; onward; - usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on; the beat goes on.
The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 14, 2023

On

Forward, in succession; as, from father to son, from the son to the grandson, and so on.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In continuance; without interruption or ceasing; as, sleep on, take your ease; say on; sing on.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, "He is neither on nor off," that is, he is not steady, he is irresolute.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Attached to the body, as clothing or ornament, or for use.
He put on righteousness as a breastplate.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In progress; proceeding; ongoing; as, a game is on.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In operation or operational;
Left the oven on
The switch is in the on position
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Oct 14, 2023

On

(of events) planned or scheduled;
The picnic is on, rain or shine
We have nothing on for Friday night
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Performing or scheduled for duties;
I'm on from five to midnight
Naval personnel on duty in Alaska
Her on-duty hours were 11p.m. to 7 a.m.
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Oct 14, 2023

On

With a forward motion;
We drove along admiring the view
The horse trotted along at a steady pace
The circus traveled on to the next city
Move along
March on
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Oct 14, 2023

On

Indicates continuity or persistence or concentration;
His spirit lives on
Shall I read on?
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Oct 14, 2023

On

In a state required for something to function or be effective;
Turn the lights on
Get a load on
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Oct 14, 2023

On

On shows placement or position
The cat is on the roof.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

On

On specifies a date or day
She's arriving on Monday.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

On

On indicates operation
The light is on.
Sara Rehman
Oct 20, 2023

FAQs

Do In and On both indicate location?

Yes, but In is for inside, On is for surface position.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023

Is In right for circumstances?

Yes, like "in a mess."
Sara Rehman
Nov 22, 2023

Does In mean inside something?

Yes, it denotes being within boundaries.
Sara Rehman
Nov 22, 2023

Can In denote participation?

Yes, like "in a club."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023

Can In refer to a future time?

Yes, as in "I'll leave in an hour."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023

Is In used for involvement?

Yes, as in "in a meeting."
Aimie Carlson
Nov 22, 2023

Can In suggest a period of time?

Yes, like "in the morning."
Sara Rehman
Nov 22, 2023

Is On correct for surface placement?

Yes, as in "on the table."
Sara Rehman
Nov 22, 2023

Is On used for specific dates?

Yes, like "on June 5th."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023

Can On mean operating?

Yes, like "the TV is on."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023

Does In suggest enclosure?

Yes, as in "in a room."
Harlon Moss
Nov 22, 2023

How does In work for transportation?

It's for being inside, like "in a car."
Harlon Moss
Nov 22, 2023

Can On mean aboard transportation?

Yes, like "on a boat."
Janet White
Nov 22, 2023

Is On used for attachment?

Yes, like "on a wall."
Janet White
Nov 22, 2023

Can On imply direct contact?

Yes, like "on the floor."
Sara Rehman
Nov 22, 2023

Does On indicate a state of activity?

Yes, like "on duty."
Janet White
Nov 22, 2023

How is In used for timing?

For periods, like "in a minute."
Harlon Moss
Nov 22, 2023

Can In and On both refer to direction?

Rarely, but contextually, like "in the north" vs. "on the left."
Aimie Carlson
Nov 22, 2023

Does On indicate immediacy?

It can, as in "on arrival."
Aimie Carlson
Nov 22, 2023

Does On refer to engagement?

Yes, as in "on a call."
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 22, 2023
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