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    Picking the correct preposition for the verb "to look up"

    Hello ,

    I know that we look something up in a dictionary and also know that we look something up on the internet. So which one is the right one to pick if I look something up in/on an online dictionary?

    Thanks for your help in advance.
    Last edited by euncu; 15-Jul-2013 at 16:18. Reason: typo correction

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    Re: Picking the correct preposition for the verb "to look up"

    I see no reason as to why it would change.

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    Re: Picking the correct preposition for the verb "to look up"

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Hello ,

    I know that we look something up in a dictionary and also know that we look something up on the internet. So which one is the right one to pick if look something up in/on an online dictionary?

    Thanks for your help in advance.
    I would use "in" for an on-line dictionary.

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    Re: Picking the correct preposition for the verb "to look up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I see no reason as to why it would change.
    So you say it should be "in", am I right?

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    Re: Picking the correct preposition for the verb "to look up"

    I would use "in" for an online dictionary as well. I think it's just because the phrase "to look something up in a dictionary" is so well-established that it would be hard to change anyway, but there is no reason to in this case. You are still looking in/within/inside the contents of a dictionary and its listings, even if that dictionary is held on the internet.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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