On or In The Picture

Have you ever wondered how to talk about the contents of a photo? In this lesson, we will learn how to say it.

"On" or "In The Picture" in the English grammar

Which One Should Be Used?

'In the picture' refers to being present or included within the image, while 'on the picture' refers to being physically on top of the surface of the image.

On the Picture

'On the picture' refers to something being physically located on top of the surface of the image, such as a mark or a piece of tape.

She wrote her name on the picture of the Eiffel Tower.

Avoid sentences as such.

There's a stain on the picture that needs to be fixed.

In the Picture

'In the picture' refers to something being a part of the image itself, either as a subject or as a background element. For example:

There were 5 hidden objects in the picture.

This is the correct form and is used all the time.

I can't find myself in the picture.

Are they interchangable?

'In the picture' and 'on the picture' are used to describe different aspects of an image - whether something is a part of the image itself or physically located on the surface of the image. As a result, they cannot be used intechangeably.

✓ There are clouds in the picture of the sunset.

✗ There are clouds on the picture of the sunset.

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