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    in the bus/on the bus

    Hi sir/madam,
    I always come across with the above and don't know how to differentiate them.

    Please help .

    Thank you.

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    Re: in the bus/on the bus

    People usually say 'Get on the bus'.

    I don't know why or whether 'in' would not work. It seems that 'on' is preferable when the vehicle is big, like buses, aeroplanes etc.

    [ I am not a teacher]

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    Re: in the bus/on the bus

    How are you using the expression in a sentence?

    Could you say, "while riding the bus", or "while entering the bus", or "to enter the bus", or "to ride the bus".

    Example: The bus driver motioned for us to enter the bus.
    For a moment, I hesitated while boarding the bus.

    maybe this helps.

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    Re: in the bus/on the bus

    Quote Originally Posted by ngvivian View Post
    Hi sir/madam,
    I always come across with the above and don't know how to differentiate them.

    Please help .

    Thank you.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Ngvivian.

    (1) Yes, those two words are very confusing.

    (2) Here in the United States, people usually say:

    ON the bus.

    (a) If the bus is not moving, and you are using the bus

    as a hotel, then some people say, "I am sleeping in the

    bus." But, of course, usually you will just be taking the bus

    from one place to another. When I am riding a bus, I often

    hear people talking on their cellphones and saying something like:

    I'm ON the bus now and I'll be at your place in 15 minutes.

    (3) We also say:

    ON an airplane, ship, train.

    IN a car, small airplane, a small boat.

    ON/IN an elevator/ a chair

    (4) Just continue reading as much English as you can, and little by

    little you will start understanding these words much better.

    Thank you

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