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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    on line... or in line...

    If I have a text with line numbers, how do I refer to a particular line? Do I say, for example, "on line twenty, you find this word" or "in line twenty, you find this word"?

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    #2

    Re: on line... or in line...

    I would say:

    On line twenty....

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    #3

    Re: on line... or in line...

    You need to say "... you can/will find this word".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #4

    Re: on line... or in line...

    I think there may be different views on this- I don't see anything wrong with in line. (British English speaker)

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    #5

    Re: on line... or in line...

    I would be "in line" if I was waiting to check out at the grocery store.

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    #6

    Re: on line... or in line...

    You can stand in line in the UK too, but we tend to queue at the check-out.

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    #7

    Re: on line... or in line...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I would be "in line" if I was waiting to check out at the grocery store.
    In Canada (at least in Ontario, where I lived), you stand on line. Many northeastern Americans use on​ as well.
    I am not a teacher.

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