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In the following situation, which of the three prepositions would you use?

A friend of yours makes you listen to a song that you like so much you say:

This goes straight on my playlist.

Now my question is, is on the right preposition to use here? Or should be onto or to?

  • Are you using a specific variant of English? I don't think "this goes straight on/onto/to my playlist" would be my AmE preference, instead something more like "I'm adding this to my playlist"... "straight on" for some reason sounds very British to me... I guess the whole "straight away" thing. – Catija May 23 '18 at 23:18
  • It depends on how you perceive a playlist. Thirty years ago the list would have been on paper, so I would have used onto as it would be written on a flat piece of paper. But nowadays it is probably data on an electronic device, so I would use in/into since technically it is new data is added to existing data. – user3169 May 24 '18 at 6:26
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It depends.

I would say that the following seems more frequent for your example:

this goes straight to my playlist

If you are adding something, you may say:

add this track to my playlist.

If you are telling that some track isn't there, you may say:

this is not on my playlist.

onto is generally used when there's a physical movement.

The jockey jumped onto the horse.

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  • Would you say 'this goes straight on my playlist' is wrong grammatically speaking? – Soumya Ghosh May 23 '18 at 9:43
  • @SoumyaGhosh The most usual preposition here is on; another one (also pretty normal but maybe not as common, probably because it's a syllable longer) is onto. To is almost never used. See this (notice that pretty much all the results with to don't match the meaning you wish to convey). That said, the most common way to say this (at least in AmE) would be this is going straight on my playlist, while your version isn't very popular (but is acceptable). – userr2684291 May 23 '18 at 23:56

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