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    means of transport - prepositions

    Hello,

    I'd like to find out what prepositions should be used when talking about some means of 'transport'. I've made up a couple of sentences; not all of them may sound good because of the verb, but my main focus is on prepositions.
    I'd be grateful if somebody could have a look at them.

    1. We went there on rollerblades (not by?)
    2. We flew there by balloon.
    3. We went there on skateboard (not by?)
    4. We went there by rikshaw.
    5. We got there on stilts (not by?)
    6. We got there by canoe / kayak.
    7. We got there on a raft (not by raft?)
    8. In the future people will travel by spaceship.
    9. We went there by horse (maybe 'on horseback'?)
    10. We got there by dog sled.
    11. We got there by camel / donkey (maybe 'on a camel'? )

    Thank you!

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    Re: means of transport - prepositions

    1 & 3 I would use on rather than by as they're not really a form of transportation to me, but younger speakers and people who actually use them may disagree. The same is true for 5, though circus clowns may disagree with me.

    7 I would use by raft if that was the means of transport. If it were the result of, for example, a shipwreck, then I would use on.

    The others seem fine, though I am not sure why the verb keeps changing- what's the difference between went & got to you?

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    Re: means of transport - prepositions

    I did not respond to this, because I couldn't make up my mind about what I would say. I agree with Tdol's response - I think.

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    Re: means of transport - prepositions

    Thank you, Tdol!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The others seem fine, though I am not sure why the verb keeps changing- what's the difference between went & got to you?

    I did that for a bit of variety

    I found 'by horse/camel/donkey' a bit surprising. Being used to inanimate objects preceeded by 'by' when talking about transportation, I need to rethink my
    notions.

    And the phrase is "on skateboard", no article?

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