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    in line three or on line three

    When you are reading a passage, do you say there is a mistake in line three or on line three?

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    Re: in line three or on line three

    I say 'in'.

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    Re: in line three or on line three

    You will hear both.

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    #4

    Re: in line three or on line three

    Are both very common in your country?

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    Re: in line three or on line three

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: in line three or on line three

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Jasmine:

    Those two prepositions confuse me, too.

    I have just decided to follow Michael Swan's advice (in his Practical English Usage):

    "In" is used to talk about the position of things which actually form part of the line:

    His example: "There's a misprint in line 6 on page 22."

    Recently I was reading what a journalist told some journalism students: "Put it [the important facts] all in the first line."

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    Re: in line three or on line three

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Are both very common in your country?
    In the US, "in" is far more common.

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    Re: in line three or on line three

    I would say that "in" is more common in BrE, too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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