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    Default The difference between

    Why is it "on the bus" and not "in the bus"? Why is it "I have pain in my knees" and not "I have pain on my knees"?

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    Default Re: The difference between

    We say "pain in the knees" because you feel the pain inside your body.

    With the phrase "on the bus" -- who knows?

    I say:

    on a bus, on a train, on a plane, on a bike, on a ship
    in a car, in a helicopter, in a dinghy, in a canoe,
    in a boat, on a boat
    in a truck (the person driving), but on a truck (the goods being carried)
    in a van, in a balloon
    on a sledge
    in a spaceship

    Is there a rule about using in or on? Maybe this:

    1. If the vehicle is big, we say usually say "on". And if you are riding something (bike, sledge, jetski) we say "on".

    2. We use "in" with smaller vehicles. We use "in" for most types of boat; but with bigger ones you can say "on" as well.

    3. I'm sure there are be exceptions to the rules above.

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