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    From/On? the boat

    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?
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    Re: From/On? the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    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?
    Assuming that the fish were neither in nor on the boat, from is the only correct option. The Greens were on the boat and from there they saw the fish.

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    Re: From/On? the boat

    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.

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    Re: From/On? the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't know that I agree with you.
    What does the quoted sentence mean? Does it mean "I don't agree with you"?

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    Re: From/On? the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.
    Thanks, Barb. I certainly would agree with you if while had been included. Of course, I should have thought of that but I still find it a bit ambiguous.
    It`s not exacly parallel, but I`m reminded of this sentence, "Walking down Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building looms ahead."

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    Re: From/On? the boat

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does the quoted sentence mean? Does it mean "I don't agree with you"?
    Yes. It´s a very soft. polite way of saying that.

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    Re: From/On? the boat

    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."

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