Retired English Teacher
Looking for in or on in a database of hundreds of millions of words about English is going to require more advanced search tools than simply typing them in and expecting it to come top.
The site search cuts out stopwords (common short words) because searching for on in a huge database requires a lot of processing. Google saves a version of the site and updates it periodically- this allows for searches for anything, but may not be 100% up-to-date.
Google gives me 3,080 results for the exact phrase "in or on".
If I search for "in or on" forum, it brings up pages of threads that have those words in the title, have a look through that:
Search - UsingEnglish.com
And as you can see there are many, many thread with that phrase in the title, but the one you're looking for should be there somewhere.
Last edited by Tdol; 01-Feb-2012 at 04:37.
Another thing I use is Tagging- if there's a thread that I think I may want to come back to, I often add a tag at the bottom of the page for easy (easier) retrieval. For instance, the next time someone asks what the question is to get the answer 'The 43rd President', I go for the whichth tag I have added to previous discussions:
whichth - UsingEnglish.com ESL Forum - Threads Tagged with whichth
If there's a good discussion on conditional, say, I add a tag- this type will give more results, but I can generally identify the thread I am after.
The tag box is at the bottom of the page, click on Edit and add tags- the comma is used to mark the end of a tag and you can add words or phrases.
Tag search page http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/tags/
I'll try to do a sticky on searching.