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    Peter Swinden is offline Newbie
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    Default Which Preposition

    Anyone certain of which preposition to use for the following:

    There are errors in / on her CV.

    and are there any situations when you would use one over the other.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Default Re: Which Preposition

    They are both used I think because CVs can be one or more pages, and generally, printed items use 'on' for single pages and 'in' for multiple pages.

    Ex:

    In the book.
    In the document.
    On page three (that one page).
    On the paper.
    In the portfolio.
    In the manual.
    On the ticket.
    In the newspaper (the whole thing).

    etc.

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    Default Re: Which Preposition

    Yes, I have been faced with this one myself. List is another one with the in or on option, depending on if it consists of one page or multiple pages.

    As for ticket (provided by Fizi), you can use both in or on, depending on the type of ticket (again if it has one or several coupons):

    Bus tickets:
    The fare is printed on the ticket.

    Airline tickets:
    The departure time is shown in your ticket.

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    Default Re: Which Preposition

    I agree. In addition,

    In general, "on" for the surface of e.g., the page, the ticket, an internet site, whereas "in" for the contents of e.g., the page, the ticket, an internet page.

    EX: There's an error in her CV.
    => Within the (written) contents.

    EX: There's an error on her CV.
    => On one of the pages.

    Both are fine. They pretty much express the same thing, that there's an error somewhere. I tend to go with "in", though, because it directs us to the "written" contents. For example, "There's an error in that sentence"; never, "There's an error *on that sentence."

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