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    Re: In/at school

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Because buses were originally single or double decker, open topped forms of trasport.
    And we just overgeneralised this to all modes of public transport? That is, "on a bus/train/plane".

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    #12

    Re: In/at school

    The word "at" can be used to indicate the inside of a building (or other structure) or the the outside (near) a building (or other structure).
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    Q: Where were you?
    A: I was at the library. (Inside)

    A: Where are you?
    A: I'm at the library. (Outside)


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    Re: In/at school

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    'On' for commercial airliners.
    'In' for private planes/light aircraft.
    'Be up in a plane' = fixed expression
    ESL Forums • View topic - on the plane or in the plane
    Wow, I was kind of saying 'in' for private transport (car, taxi, private plane) and 'on' for public as a joke. It seems to be somewhat valid!

    There are occasion where it is very clear - on a bed vs. in a bed.

    However, even after 18 years of speaking English, there are still times I don't know which to use - in a hammock, on a hammock, is one example.

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    #14

    Re: In/at school

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Why are you in a boat, but on a ship?
    When we are in a boat, we are in a hollow space formed by the hull of the boat. When we are on a ship, we are on a deck. That's my take on it ayway.

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    Re: In/at school

    I've been on a boat. And I've been on a train. However, I have never flown on a plane.


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