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    #1

    get 'into' the plane

    The crowd cheered the soldiers as they got into the plane.
    The above sentence is quoted from an English dictionary.
    Why not say onto the plane?

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    Because, though onto (on to or on) is more common, into is possible.

    According to COCA, 'on' is far and away the most commonly used preposition.

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    I would use into for a military plane if they enter the cockpit from the top rather than the side, though this may not be the case here as it mentions soldiers.

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use into for a military plane if they enter the cockpit from the top rather than the side, though this may not be the case here as it mentions soldiers.
    I was thinking the exact same thing!

    But many soliders (not pilots, airmen, etc.) and one plane... I'd use "onto." Actually, "as they boarded the plane" avoids that issue entirely.
    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: get 'into' the plane

    The sentence is quoted from Longman Advanced American Dictionary (page 227) under the entry "cheer."
    Last edited by sitifan; 13-Apr-2012 at 14:30.

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    I was thinking of those military planes where the back end opens up like a ramp for loading equipment on. I can see if soldiers were entering the plane like that, that one might say they were getting into the plane.

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The sentence is quoted from Longman Advanced Amercian Dictionary (page 227) under the entry "cheer."
    The dictionary happens to have selected what most of us native speakers think is a not very common prepositional usage, but nobody has claimed it's incorrect. The lexicographers were concentrating on a good example sentence to illustrate a context for 'cheer', and found one. They almost certainly took it from a corpus; it is, after all used.

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    Re: get 'into' the plane

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I was thinking of those military planes where the back end opens up like a ramp for loading equipment on. I can see if soldiers were entering the plane like that, that one might say they were getting into the plane.
    I didn't think of that last night, but I agree.

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    #9

    Re: get 'into' the plane

    I think the question has been answered, but as a one-time RAF(VR) [failed!] pilot, I'll add my thoughts. When we were taking our position in the driving seat in the 1960s, we got into the (two-seater) plane. As a civilian passenger I have always got on to (or 'onto') the plane.

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