Student or Learner
Is it ever possible to say The students are in the bus? Is there an explanation?
Are there any situations in which one can only be said to be in the bus, instead of on the bus?
People are always on the bus.
The passengers are always on the plane even though they are actually at the fuselage, I mean in the passenger's cabin. (on the seats, in the chairs)
Is there an explanation for this? I mean, is it something that can mislead children sometimes?
I am not sure.
Might be because the passenger should get on board when entering either a bus or plane.
An officer usually board them on.
Oh, yes, beachboy - it can certainly confuse children and students of the language.is it something that can mislead children sometimes?
But surely Portuguese also has tricky constructions and prepositions to mislead the learner.
You bet! Prepositions, for example, are always terrible!
*Not a teacher
If you really ever would like to make a difference between in and on, the following could be worth reading:
In a bus: when the bus is not moving or has not moved yet.
On a bus: when the bus is moving.
However, on is definitely more common. I personally only heard on in the UK, so I would advise you to use on in almost any context.
Last edited by philadelphia; 10-Sep-2010 at 13:50. Reason: Typo