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    In 2009 or on 2009?

    The pass rate at GCSE has risen for the 23rd year in a row, with nearly seven in ten entries now attracting a C grade or higher. In all, 69.1 per cent of exam pupils gained a C or above, up a full two percentage points on 2009.


    Since I saw this from the Times webpage, it must be right. I've never heard that a year can take the preposition in in front of it. Please enlight me on this matter.

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    Re: In 2009 or on 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post


    The pass rate at GCSE has risen for the 23rd year in a row, with nearly seven in ten entries now attracting a C grade or higher. In all, 69.1 per cent of exam pupils gained a C or above, up a full two percentage points on 2009.

    Since I saw this from the Times webpage, it must be right. I've never heard that a year can take the preposition in in front of it. Please enlight me on this matter.
    In this context it's correct, because the preposition is attached to the word "up".

    In 2010, results were up on 2009.

    It means that the results in 2010 were higher than the results in 2009. Compared to 2009, the results were better.

    You could replace the word "on" with "compared with".

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    Re: In 2009 or on 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In this context it's correct, because the preposition is attached to the word "up".

    In 2010, results were up on 2009.

    It means that the results in 2010 were higher than the results in 2009. Compared to 2009, the results were better.

    You could replace the word "on" with "compared with".
    I didn't realise these two prepositions are attached.

    Your explanation is both detailed and very useful to me.

    Thanks a lot. Emsr2d2.

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