I have a sentence like:

Using both class-oriented and subject-oriented schemes enables us to compare the results with other methods in this subject.

I want to say that using two approaches I can compare my method with other methods of same topic.

I'm not sure whether it's correct or I should use on this subject.

I googled it and I found sentences with both of them.

  • There isn't enough context to make a determination. It could just as well be "of this subject" or "involving this subject". Could you provide more? – BobRodes Mar 13 '15 at 18:50
  • @BobRodes, thanks for the reply. I added text from the beginning of the paragraph. Your suggestions are also good, thanks. – Rashid Mar 13 '15 at 18:58
  • Ok, that's better. What methods are we talking about, and what subject are we talking about? – BobRodes Mar 13 '15 at 19:21
  • @BobRodes, it's an algorithm for cardiac arrhythmia classification. I'm using two approaches and I want to say that in this way I can compare my method with many other methods. Thanks. – Rashid Mar 13 '15 at 19:32

Neither one works very well, which is why you are having difficulty. If you go here, and click on the list of books up to 2000 for both on and in this subject, you will find a good number of examples of their usage. Here is one example of each:

I would appreciate any information on this subject.
Students should be immersed in this subject early.

I would go another way. Something like this:

Using both class-oriented and subject-oriented schemes enables us to compare the results with the other methods used for this type of classification.

Putting the in there establishes that you are contrasting your method with a set of existing methods that are also used to do the same thing.

  • +1 for the link to "Google Books Ngram Viewer". It's an extremely useful tool. – Marco Demaio Mar 14 '15 at 11:58

As far as I understood subject stands for a person/human being, so, in this subject. If it stands for a topic, then on this subject, even prefer of this subject, however, you should modify your sentence with another word to avoid that ambiguities for the reader.

  • Thanks for the answer. But by subject I mean topic. In subject-oriented it means patient but I want to say that I can compare my method with other methods in this topic. – Rashid Mar 13 '15 at 19:45
  • 2
    "...in this area of research"? If I'm understanding the question correctly, using "subject" twice, differently, is problematic. – Doug Chase Mar 13 '15 at 19:50
  • I agree with Doug. Using subject in two different ways makes your statement harder to understand. – BobRodes Mar 13 '15 at 19:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.