online vs on line vs in line : Common Errors in English

About online vs on line vs in line

The common adjective used to label Internet activities is usually written as one word: “online”: “The online site selling banana cream pies was a failure.” But it makes more sense when using it as an adverbial phrase to write two separate words: “When the teacher took her class to the library, most of them used it to go on line.” The hyphenated form “on-line” is not widely used; but would be proper only for the adjectival function. However, you are unlikely to get into trouble for using “online” for all computer-related purposes.As for real physical lines, the British and New Yorkers wait “on line” (in queues), but most Americans wait “in line.”

online Meaning(s)

  • (a) on a regular route of a railroad or bus or airline system
  • (a) connected to a computer network or accessible by computer
  • (s) being in progress now

in line Meaning(s)

  • (s) being next in a line of succession
  • (s) awaiting something; especially something due
  • (r) one behind another in a line or queue

online in News

  1. Online Gaming Gets Breath of Life in Washington

    Online poker is already on its way in three states and a federal bill may be next.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Online Recruitment Industry: A Reliable Investment?

    Online Recruitment Industry: A Reliable Investment?        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  3. Online Based Banks Can Boost Your Savings

    Banking online can have an effect on your wallet, especially when it comes to building up your savings.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NY1 News

on line in News

in line in News

  1. You won't lose that leftover lunch money

    Wednesday morning students in line at Fitchburg High School's cafeteria paid for slices of pizza and chicken sandwiches, many by punching in their PINs to draw from a special account of money previously deposited by their parents.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sentinel & Enterprise

  2. Main Line Health staffing medical tents at the Open

    Main Line Times Main Line Health will be the health care provider for the 2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion Golf Club, June 10-16.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Main Line Times

  3. Line Dancing (Teens & Adults)

    Ever wish you could join with the line dancers out on the dance floor? Are you already there, and would like to know more dances? Then this is the class for you! We will cover the basic steps involved in line dancing as well as learn several easy & fun dances to your favorite country music. Don't be shy, come on by and have some fun!
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WPXI Pittsburgh

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