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    optimistic pessimist is offline Member
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    Default The driver get on the bus?

    Hi, there!

    1. "At 7: 30 the driver got on/in his bus to drive it."

    2. "While driving, the engine stopped suddenly. The driver got off/ out of the bus to see what had happened to the engine."

    In sentences 1 and 2, which prepositions would be better?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: The driver get on the bus?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi, there!

    1. "At 7: 30 the driver got on/in his bus to drive it."

    2. "While driving, the engine stopped suddenly. The driver got off/ out of the bus to see what had happened to the engine."

    In sentences 1 and 2, which prepositions would be better?

    Thank you in advance.
    (Not a teacher)

    Generally, we use "on" with public transport(larger), like train, bus, tram, MTR etc. and "in" with cars(smaller like a box) of private nature. It also depends on your angle of perspective. On a horizontal view, the passenger is getting "on" it(the deck). On the other hand, if you view the transport as "a box", the passenger is gettng in/into it. Accordingly,in the second sentence, we use "off" if it is a bus and "out of" if it is a car .
    Last edited by albertino; 15-Feb-2008 at 08:20.

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