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    #1

    get on or get in

    hi there!! which expresion is correct: get on the boat or get in the boat
    thank you

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    Re: get on or get in

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana2 View Post
    hi there!! which expresion is correct: get on the boat or get in the boat
    thank you
    Both are possible. It depends on the type of boat.

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    #3

    Re: get on or get in

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana2 View Post
    Hi there! Which expression is correct: get on the boat or get in the boat?
    Thank you.
    As bhaisahab said, it depends on the type of boat. What types of boat do you think might require the two different prepositions?

    Also, please see the amendments I have made in red to your post. I see you have made 25 posts now on the forum. By now, we expect you to get the following aspects of written English correct in every post:

    - Capital letter at the start of each sentence.
    - Full stop (or relevant punctuation mark) at the end of each sentence.

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    #4

    Re: get on or get in

    The way I see it, get on the boat implies the boat is just a means of transport, whereas get in the boat makes me think of a situation where someone says "Get in the boat, fast!".

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    #5

    Re: get on or get in

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Juliana,

    (1) I think that I have bad news for you: there is no perfect rule.

    (2) Generally, the "rule" seems to be: get ON a large one; get IN a small one.

    (a) One problem: what is "large" and what is "small"?

    (3) I guess most Americans would accept:

    (a) Get ON the ship. (Ships are usually large.)

    (b) Get IN the canoe or kayak. (They are quite small.)

    (4) But I do have some good news for you: sometimes people will not care which preposition you use.

    (a) For example, I have just visited the "books" section of Google and discovered that many "good" writers use "IN a lifeboat"

    and "ON a lifeboat."

    (i) In fact, a very good writer named William S. Burroughs even wrote this:

    "It is like being ON a lifeboat. ... Everyone IN the lifeboat is filled with the urgency of the struggle to survive."

    (5) My advice: Google "in/on a boat" and study the results. Then decide for yourself which one is the most appropriate.

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    #6

    Re: get on or get in

    If you want a simple (that is, over-simple) rule of thumb, if it has a deck you get on it.

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    #7

    Re: get on or get in

    Thank you all.

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