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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > in, on or nothing?    

in, on or nothing?



apayala
Spain

in, on or nothing?
 
A silly question maybe, just curiosity, which one would be the correct one?
 
search in this blog, search on this blog o simply search this blog? This last option is the most common as I can see on the internet.
 
Thanks,
 
Ana
 

14 Nov 2015      



isabelly
United States

"Search this blog" is best. "Search IN this blog" would also work, but sounds less common. Prepositions can be so tricky...
 
Isabelle 

14 Nov 2015     



apayala
Spain

Thanks a lot, Isabelle!
 

14 Nov 2015     



isabelly
United States

No problem! 

14 Nov 2015     



yanogator
United States

I totally agree with isabelly.

 

Bruce 

14 Nov 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

Hi Ana,
 
I also vote for the null option :-)
 
Google Trends can help if you need to check on how often a particular phrase is used.
 
Mouse over the red lines for the actual numbers.
 
It ´s an interesting question, definitely not a silly one, because it shows how we associate new things with things we already know and apply the relevant ´old ´ prepositions.
 
"Search in this blog" because a blog is a text and similar to a book or journal, is contained and limited maybe?
 
"Search on this blog" because a blog is a website? Or is on a computer? (This one would be my least favourite, but I could imagine saying it)
 
"Search this blog" because a blog is three dimensional? Like a house? Too large to be ´contained ´?
 
Does anyone think that these two sentences carry the same meaning and strength:
 
  "Search in this blog for the writer ´s recipe for pumpkin soup"
and
  "Search this blog for the writer ´s recipe for pumpkin soup"
 
 They feel slightly different to me.
 
Tap
 

15 Nov 2015     



FrauSue
France

I would say:
- search the internet
- search on this page
- search within this blog 
 

16 Nov 2015