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    Ship sails in or on water.

    which one is correct

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    Default Re: In/ On water

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    Ship sails in or on water.

    which one is correct
    Usually, "on".

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    Default Re: In/ On water

    But we say swimming in water. Likewise it should be sail in water. However I am still confused

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    Default Re: In/ On water

    Both are correct. Generally in the water means immersed in the water, while on the water means floating on top of it. But ships are both immersed and floating so both in and on are correct.

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    Default Re: In/ On water

    Didn't Archimedes solve this problem 2200 years ago?

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    Default Re: In/ On water

    But we say swimming in water. Likewise it should be sail in water.
    Not necessarily- usually more of a ship is above the water than a person swimming, who only has their head above the surface. Swimming and sailing are not identical.

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