Both 网上 and 在线 mean "online". What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?

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    Aug 10, 2018 at 1:41

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Specifically, although “网上” and “在线” can be both translated as "oline", “网上” actually means "on the internet", “在线” means "online".

Here are some examples


It means, I found this article online.

我的 QQ 是在线的。

This means, the status of my QQ is online.

Although they were both translated to "online", I bet you can see the difference there with actual examples.


在线 is more for instant messenger like facebook/whatsapp status that you are online.

网上 is for website elements, for example, an online forum, online application.

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