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Hello,

1. Is your name on the list?

2.Is your name in the list?

Which one is correct?

When do we use "in the list" and when "on the list"?
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Without doubt, 'on the list' is the most widely used.

Cheers
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Hi,


Which one is correct? Both.

When do we use "in the list" and when "on the list"? Often, there is no difference, although we usually say 'on'. However, here are a few thoughts.

1. Is your name on the list?

A. The list of people accepted to go to Oxford is on the notice board.

B: Oh, I hope my name is on the list! I really want to go to Oxford!

Here, B is thinking less of the physical list and the words written on it, and more about the purpose of the list.

2.Is your name in the list?

A: I don't know, it's not on page 1, let me look at page 2.

Here, I'm thinking of the list as pieces of paper with words on them.

Best wishes, Clive

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Without meaning to diminish in any way from Clive's great post, it should be noted that 'on' could safely be used in all the examples shown.
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