In Agenda vs on Agenda

Which is correct: on the agenda or in the agenda?

 

Here we give you an answer to the question of what is correct ‘in the agenda’ or ‘on the agenda’? We will also explain why it can be confusing and where other prepositions may be appropriate to use. 

 

What is correct: on the agenda or in the agenda? 

Answer: ‘on the agenda’ is correct

Why? The preposition ‘on’ is related to the noun ‘agenda’, so the correct phrase is ‘on the agenda’. 

 

Examples

This project is high on our agenda. 

What is the first item on the agenda?

 

Confusion

When it may become confusing is where the preposition placed next to the verb ‘agenda’ is actually related to a different word, e.g.: 

 

Can you include my question in the agenda?

In this case the preposition ‘in’ is related to the verb ‘include’. In this sentence the preposition ‘in’ is not related to the word ‘agenda’ and the correct phrase is ‘to include in’ something. 

 

Can you please add my question to the agenda? 

In this case the preposition ‘to’ is related to the verb ‘add’. The correct phrase is ‘to add to’ and in this sentence the preposition ‘to’ is not related to the word ‘agenda’. 

 

Now, after the question has been added, we can say:

Your question is on the agenda. 

 

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