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    walk 'onto' the train

    A dog walked onto the train while I was riding on the MRT this morning.
    Can we say walk into the train?

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    A dog walked onto the train while I was riding on the MRT this morning.
    Can we say walk into the train?
    No, not unless you mean it collided with the train.

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    A dog walked onto the train while I was riding on the MRT this morning.
    Can we say walk into the train?
    As bhaisahab says, not without a possibly unintended comic meaning!

    However, you could say he "walked into the train carriage while...." if you prefer that.

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    I think that in AmE you would most likely hear something like, "A dog got on the train while ....." or "A dog hopped on the train while...." but any way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke as in: A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a drink but the bartender says, "I'm sorry, we don't serve mushrooms in here" and the mushroom says "Why not? I'm a fun-ghi."

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I think that in AmE you would most likely hear something like, "A dog got on the train while ....." or "A dog hopped on the train while...." but any way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke as in: A mushroom walks into a bar and orders a drink but the bartender says, "I'm sorry, we don't serve mushrooms in here" and the mushroom says "Why not? I'm a fun-ghi."
    What does any way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke mean?
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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    There are dozens of jokes that begin with the line, for example, "A man, dog, mushroom etc. walks into a bar" and when I saw the post "A dog walked onto a train etc.", it reminded me of the beginning (front end) of one of those jokes.

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    Why say any way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke?

    Why not say the way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Why say any way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke?

    Why not say the way you express it sounds like the front end to a joke
    Whether you say "A dog walked into a train" or "A dog walked onto a train", it sounds like the beginning of a joke.

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    Re: walk 'onto' the train

    In that link, I was talking about a plane, not a train. I think (and COCA confirms) that it is just about possible to get into a plane, though 'on' is far more common. I would not 'walki into' a plane except in the sense that bahi and Tullia suggested.

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