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So, I was helping this friend of mine with her homework and we have a question. When we talk about transports, can we say "on train, on bus, on boat..." or are we supposed to say "by train, by bus, by boat..."? The thing is both options sound good to me and since we can say "on the train, etc", I really don't know if either way is correct or not, or even if it is some kind of NAmE/BrE variation. This is really bugging me!
Thank you very very much in advance!
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.
hi, interesting question!!
Someone tell me; you should use BY, when you can walk in that transportation way exmple:
BY airplane, by traain, et al
But when you can not to walk, you should use ON example:
on car, on bike, et al
I can speak only as a speaker of BrE, but in my variety we never say 'on train/bus' or 'on boat'. I have broken my own rule (Never say 'Never'), but I'll stick with it. I have no doubt that someone will prove me wrong.When we talk about transports, can we say "on train, on bus, on boat..." or are we supposed to say "by train, by bus, by boat..."?
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In addition, your advice is not correct. Depending on the context, we frequently use "on a train", "on the bus", "on a bike" as well as "by train", "by bus", "by bike".
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