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    Default texts in... texts on?

    He has read books on many subjects. He has read books in many subjects.

    I encountered both forms - texts in ... texts on .... Are they both correct? And if so, what is the difference between what they say?

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    Default Re: texts in... texts on?

    This is my take: in a simple sentence like 'He has read books on many subjects', on is the right choice. Each book is on a subject, so the preposition is referring to a decision made by the author of the book.

    In a more complex sentence, either preposition would do:

    He has read widely, and in a range of subjects. [The preposition refers to the reader's choice.]

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    He has read books on a range of subjects.

    But the two are quite similar, and it's a good question - on which I expect opinions will differ.

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    Default Re: texts in... texts on?

    Thanks, this sounds right.

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