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    on a list vs. in a list

    Hi there.

    "The item is on the shopping list."

    "next (pronoun) - the person or thing in a list, series etc that comes after the person or thing you are dealing with now:"

    1. What are the differences between 'on a list' and 'in a list'?

    Thanks,


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    Re: on a list vs. in a list

    Not sure but I think.

    “On the list” emphasises on the material(which has surface) which the list is added

    “In the list” emphasises on the contents , reason for listing,


    Ex:

    I couldn’t see my name on the list which was on the notice board.

    I couldn’t see my name in the list of the most successful students


    Not sure, this was just my observation

    I am neither a native, nor a teacher, please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: on a list vs. in a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi there.

    "The item is on the shopping list." [The item is (written) on the shopping list; The item is (included) in the shopping list; both okay, depends on the unspoken word]

    "next (pronoun) - the person or thing in a list, series etc that comes after the person or thing you are dealing with now:" ["in" is used because it has a wider application (anything that is contained or included therein), but "on" means being included on the surface of something, such as writing]

    1. What are the differences between 'on a list' and 'in a list'?

    Thanks,

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