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  • Would you like to join us in watching the football game tonight?

I want to know which is correct, in or on? Thanks a lot!

  • I suggest you reconsider how to build your sentence using "would like". – Laure Jul 8 '14 at 13:16
  • you can't use on because it's a phrasal verb - join in – jimsug Jul 8 '14 at 13:22
  • @jimsug, I don't think it's a phrasal verb. The in is just a plain preposition. If we were using the phrasal verb join in, then we would have something like "Would you like to join in in watching the game?" (Yes, with a repeated in. It's looks pretty funny.) Another example: "Would you like to help us in eating the pretzels." It's the same structure, but there is no such phrasal verb as help in. – Dangph Jul 8 '14 at 14:38
  • @Dangph Hmm. Interesting. Quite possibly, so I may be right for the wrong reasons. – jimsug Jul 8 '14 at 14:42
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Would you like to join us in watching the football game tonight?

Your sentence is correct and no change is need as jimsug said in comments you can't use on because it's a phrasal verb so join in is correct.

  • Ayodhya's answer is correct, but I'd add that the more common phrasing would probably be, "Would you like to watch the football came with us tonight?" – Jay Jul 8 '14 at 14:25
  • @Jay sounds good. replace came=game – A. Prasad Jul 8 '14 at 14:27
  • Oops, typo, sorry. Yes, "game". – Jay Jul 8 '14 at 14:32
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Yep, people say that. You've retained the expression perfectly.

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