[Grammar] ‘on the ocean’ usage

northpath

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Is the preposition on correct in the sentence
‘Do you know how much time I’ve spent on the ocean?’
The alternatives are the preposition at or in
 
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"on the ocean" is correct.
"at the ocean" definitely isn't correct.
 

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I assume you're talking about being in a boat, not swimming (or in a submarine), right?

An alternative is at sea.
 

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On the ocean means you're in a boat.

At the ocean means you're on the shore.

In the ocean means you're sinking or swimming.
 

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Confusingly, we say 'at sea', but not 'at ocean' – as in 'The QE2 spent the day at sea', even if was on the Atlantic Ocean.

Don't ask me why.
 
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