Last Saturday, the Green family went to Hualien. They took a boat trip there. ______ the boat, they saw a lot of fish.
(A) On (B) From (C) In (D) To
The answer is option B. Is option A or option C also acceptable?
Last edited by sitifan; 18-Oct-2010 at 09:39.
I don't know that I agree with you.
While on the boat or while in the boat (depending on the size of the boat), they saw... I know the "while" is not stated, but it's certainly understood.
Walking to the train station, Mary saw a beautiful house. -- The first part of the sentence tells you want Mary was doing, not the house, so I think "On/In the boat" (with that sentence order) tells you what the family was doing, not the fish.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
It`s not exacly parallel, but I`m reminded of this sentence, "Walking down Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building looms ahead."
If this was a question on a test, it is poorly phrased. The nautical world has its own phraseology, so it would be more appropriate (and clearer) to say "While aboard the boat, they saw a lot of fish."