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    Post In vs On: Public and Private Transport

    Hi,

    Which ones are correct?

    I am in the bus.
    I am on the bus.

    I am in the car.
    I am on the car.

    I am in the airplane.
    I am on the airplane.

    I am in the flight.
    I am on the flight.

    Is there preposition rule which differentiates the usage for public and private mode of transport?

    Thanks

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    Re: In vs On: Public and Private Transport

    I am on the bus.

    I am in the car.

    I am on the airplane.

    If one can walk in them, then use "on" such as "on a ship"

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    Re: In vs On: Public and Private Transport

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I am on the bus.

    I am in the car.

    I am on the airplane.

    If one can walk in them, then use "on" such as "on a ship"
    I ve raed somewhere that the distinction exists on the basis of public or private mode of transport, rather than whether you are able to walk or not.

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    Re: In vs On: Public and Private Transport

    Well,all I can say about this is that "its size matters" :).Let's take an rv as an example,it is for private use(mostly) but one can walk inside it. Public transportation implies big vehicles so your point may be right but it is a result not the reason. But if you are still doubtful about the things I've written, you should wait for a native speaker to pay this thread a visit.

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    Re: In vs On: Public and Private Transport

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Well,all I can say about this is that "its size matters" :).Let's take an rv as an example,it is for private use(mostly) but one can walk inside it. Public transportation implies big vehicles so your point may be right but it is a result not the reason. But if you are still doubtful about the things I've written, you should wait for a native speaker to pay this thread a visit.
    In and on are also used with means of transportation: in is used with a car, on with public or commercial means of transportation:

    in the car
    on the bus
    on the plane
    on the train
    on the ship

    Some speakers of English make a further distinction for public modes of transportation, using in when the carrier is stationary and on when it is in motion.

    My wife stayed in/on the bus while I got out at the rest stop.
    The passengers sat in/on the plane awaiting takeoff.

    Prepositions of Location: At, In, On | Teslcafe.COM | English Resource site

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