the books on the shelf or the books in the shelf

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which is grammatically correct?  The books ON the shellf are new or The books IN the shelf are new.

Thanks  for your help ;-)

asked Jan 11 '13 at 22:00 tchraim New member

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'in' implies that the field is enclosed, whereas 'on' implies only that the following noun denotes a surface and not necessarily an enclosed area.

example;;

The sheep are grazing in the pasture. (enclosed by a fence)
The cattle are grazing on the open range. (not enclosed by a fence )

similarly... self is open not enclosed by anything , so the logic follows there too and 'on' is used instead of 'in' ....

link comment answered Jun 05 '14 at 10:02 sourav New member

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