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    Default in the subway or on the subway?

    Hello, teachers.
    Prepositions are quite confusing part to non-native English speakers and I come across this today.
    To remind some etiquette, such as 'You should not run',
    which sounds better to put 'in the subway' or 'on the subway'?
    Would you tell me the difference between the two?
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    Default Re: in the subway or on the subway?

    Quote Originally Posted by finwing View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    Prepositions are quite confusing part to non-native English speakers and I come across this today.
    To remind some etiquette, such as 'You should not run',
    which sounds better to put 'in the subway' or 'in 'the subway'?
    Would you tell me the difference between the two?
    "in"

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    Default Re: in the subway or on the subway?

    Quote Originally Posted by finwing View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    Prepositions are quite confusing part to non-native English speakers and I come across this today.
    To remind some etiquette, such as 'You should not run',
    which sounds better to put 'in the subway' or 'in 'the subway'?
    Would you tell me the difference between the two?
    Well, based on your post title I suspect that you meant to use "on" in your second example. But with regard to your question, the rule is that we get "on" a bus, train, subway and get "in" a car, taxi. But with the context you presented, if you are referring to the subway station, use "in" and I would include "station". If you are referring to the subway car, use "on the subway" or "in the subway car"

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    Default Re: in the subway or on the subway?

    In BrE, a subway is a pedestrian underpass, so I agree with bhai's 'in'.
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    Default Re: in the subway or on the subway?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Well, based on your post title I suspect that you meant to use "on" in your second example. But with regard to your question, the rule is that we get "on" a bus, train, subway and get "in" a car, taxi. But with the context you presented, if you are referring to the subway station, use "in" and I would include "station". If you are referring to the subway car, use "on the subway" or "in the subway car"
    I agree. From the moment you descend from the street you are "in" the subway. But on the train itself, you are "on the subway."

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    Default Re: in the subway or on the subway?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Well, based on your post title I suspect that you meant to use "on" in your second example. But with regard to your question, the rule is that we get "on" a bus, train, subway and get "in" a car, taxi. But with the context you presented, if you are referring to the subway station, use "in" and I would include "station". If you are referring to the subway car, use "on the subway" or "in the subway car"

    Sorry for making you confused. I should've written 'on the subway' instead of
    'in 'the subway'?

    I meant subway car not the station and thanks a lot. And I have one more question. 'In' of 'in the subway car' just comes with the car?

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