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    Post the difference between on the air and in the air

    Hi,Here
    I want to know the usage of the phrase "in the air " and "on the air".
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    Default Re: the difference between on the air and in the air

    It depends on HOW it is used.

    What is the context?

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    Default Re: the difference between on the air and in the air

    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    I think it would suffice to tell you, guoqianchen, that on the air is a technical term used in radio and television. The other one (in the air), roughly speaking, means that somebody or something is not on the ground.

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    Default Re: the difference between on the air and in the air

    Is it possible to say

    I can smell fear in the air.

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    Default Re: the difference between on the air and in the air

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Is it possible to say

    I can smell fear in the air.

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    Yes, and you can sense the excitement in the air as well.

    I would limit "on the air" to references to broadcasting.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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