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    Hello there,
    Can someone help me with this.

    Well, you see, I'm used to hearing people say 'in a/the competition'.
    My first question would be 'do we ever use 'on' au lieu 'in'? Is it acceptable?

    My second question would be ' if we state the name of the competition, let's say 'X factor' or any other names, should we use 'on' like in this phrase:

    "All the contestants on X-factor"

    Is there a rule?
    please advise.

    thanks

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    Default Re: in/on a competition

    My first question would be 'do we ever use 'on' au lieu 'in'? Is it acceptable?

    My first question would be, do we ever use 'on' in lieu of 'in'? Is it acceptable?

    Yes. "We need to have a head start on the the competition."
    Just Google "on the competition" for more examples.

    Should we use 'on' like in this phrase:
    "All the contestants on X-factor"
    Is there a rule?

    It isn't so much a 'rule' as one of the meanings of the word 'on':
    "as a member of, part of, and engaged in the activities of"
    Last edited by David L.; 07-Mar-2009 at 19:53.

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    Default Re: in/on a competition

    I think it depends on whether "competition" refers to people or an event.
    He's in the competition. (event)
    He wants to get a head start on the competition. (people)

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    Default Re: in/on a competition

    David L:It isn't so much a 'rule' as one of the meanings of the word 'on':

    Damn it, Ronb - so there is a simple rule!

    I blame my primary school teachers for not knowing that.

    (just feeling a bit psychopathic this morning - "It's all everybody else's fault". Those three cups of tea have not helped to wake me up. Call me paranoid, but I think someone somewhere is draining the mood elevating goodness out of the tea leaves.)
    Better go back to bed.)
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    Default Re: in/on a competition

    However, to confuse the issue even more, you could also say:
    "He wants to get a head start (or headstart) in the competition." If he trains more, is more prepared he is ahead in the competition, compared to the people who did not train.

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    Default Re: in/on a competition

    A zillion examples of each:
    Clearly, you can use either. Also, as to people in a competition, in a tournament, in a game, or in a competitive event, well, people compete in a tournament or other competition.


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