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    Default in or on issue.

    No idea on this issue.

    No idea in this issue.

    Which one of the above would be appropriate reply to a question asked about an issue?

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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    on this issue

    There is nothing at all wrong with your choice of words "idea on this issue", it's perfectly acceptable. I just wanted to point out that AmE favors the word 'opinion' over 'idea' when describing how you feel about an issue.

    Google results for "idea on the issue" - 2,200,000
    Google results for "opinion on the issue" - 21,000,000


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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    In BrE, there's a difference between "idea" and "opinion" about an issue. If I say I have no idea about an issue, then I mean I know nothing about it. If I say I have no opinion on an issue then I could know everything about it but still not have an opinion to express. I wouldn't be able to say I had no idea about it but the issue might be completely unimportant to me so I wouldn't waste time having an opinion.

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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, there's a difference between "idea" and "opinion" about an issue. If I say I have no idea about an issue, then I mean I know nothing about it. If I say I have no opinion on an issue then I could know everything about it but still not have an opinion to express. I wouldn't be able to say I had no idea about it but the issue might be completely unimportant to me so I wouldn't waste time having an opinion.
    Ah, yeah, 'no idea about this issue' is pretty unambiguously saying you don't know about it in AmE as well. Honestly, to use 'idea' to express 'opinion', I feel most comfortable using the plural, like "Do you have any ideas on this matter?"


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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    No idea on this issue.

    No idea in this issue.

    Which one of the above would be appropriate reply to a question asked about an issue?
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I would answer the question "What do you think about this issue?" with:

    I have no idea about this issue. (on could be used, but I prefer about.)
    or
    I have no opinion on this issue. (about could be used, but I prefer on.)

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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    Isn't there any context where in could be used?

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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Several of the responses in this link are phrased in language that is not acceptable British English. I cannot say whether it is acceptable Indian English.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: in or on issue.

    In BrE, the only context in which I can think that "in this issue" would be acceptable is where "issue" means something like an edition of a magazine or a newspaper.

    In this issue, read about James Mason's obsession with stamp-collecting.

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