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    Hi!

    My question is following: What is the correct way of saying: I see a line in figure 9 or on figure 9 ?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Your question is a little unclear to me, are you referring to a mathematical figure or a diagram in a textbook of some kind?

    If that is the case I believe you should say--

    "I see a line in figure nine."

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    If the line is part of the figure, then I would also use 'in'. However, if someone had added a line to the figure, then I would use 'on'.

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    ... and a smudge on Figure 1 would be 'on', but a smudge in the paint [made before the paint dried] would be 'in'.

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