Still in to use ‘on’
I FEEL compelled to e-mail in reference to the question titled ‘On’ or ‘in’? in your column, Your Questions Answered, last Thursday.
I have not the time, energy or motivation to refer to the OED in composing this e-mail. However, I would like to point out that your conclusion would be patently obvious to be incorrect to any individual having English as his mother tongue.
“Are you in?” is indeed the correct phrase to use in this sense. Analogy: “We’re going to play cards. Are you in?” In this context, “on” would make no sense.
I would be interested in receiving a response. – J Wood
Thank you Mr/Ms Wood for your comment on my answer. After a discussion with two native English speaker friends living in England, I realise that “Are you in?” has almost replaced “Are you on?” and become common usage in England, especially among young native speakers.
I agree that I was wrong in dismissing “Are you in?” as a correct expression to use in the advertisement referred to in my answer. But I think you are also wrong in dismissing “Are you on?” altogether. My evidence is in the OED and a few websites on the Internet.
“Are you in?” is more commonly used in America, and I was not surprised to find out that the advertisement comes from a