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    #1

    in/on this forum

    Hello, everyone.
    I'd like to ask something. Is there any difference between 'in this forum' and 'on this forum', and which one is more popular?
    I found some examples here http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de.../english/forum

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    So it seems both are acceptable.
    Thank you very much.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: in/on this forum

    In most cases, you can use either.

    Click here for a rough idea of which is more popular (bookmark that site for future reference).

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    Re: in/on this forum

    I am not a teacher.

    Bear in mind that 'forum' as a type of Internet site didn't exist in 1800. At that time it was mostly a physical place, or a metaphorical representation of one, and if you were there you could only be in it not on it.

    Internet forums have only been around for about 30 years. We say 'on the Internet' so by extension 'on the (Internet) forum' is perhaps gaining ground. The Ngram Viewer doesn't concern itself with the various definitions of 'forum' so the results should be interpreted if possible (or at least put into perspective) in order to extract meaningful information from them. It is, nevertheless, a useful tool.

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    Re: in/on this forum

    Is it very common in and on at most case?
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    Re: in/on this forum

    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    So it seems both are acceptable.
    They are, but one may come to dominate. I use both.

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    Re: in/on this forum

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Is it very common in and on at most case?
    Did you mean to write:

    Are "in" and "on" both very common in most cases?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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