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    #1

    in vs on

    1)Are you on the train?

    2)Are you in the train?

    which one is correct or more natural?

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    #2

    Re: in vs on

    Difficult to answer. I am trying to think of a context in which that question would be natural.

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    #3

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Difficult to answer. I am trying to think of a context in which that question would be natural.
    I can think of two friends on the phone. In #1, I was worried that my friend might not make it to the train station, and call to make sure. In #2, I'm is in the train too, where we had agreed to meet, but can't find my friend (because, for example, he was in the bathroom when I passed).

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    ... can't find my friend (because, for example, he was in the bathroom when I passed).
    As a speaker of BrE, I love the idea of a bathroom on a train.

    OK, there's your answer - on .

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    #5

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As a speaker of BrE, I love the idea of a bathroom on a train.

    OK, there's your answer - on .
    What do you call them then? I had no idea of the proper term , so I used what came in handy.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post

    OK, there's your answer - on .
    Then, in what context would "in" be applicable?


    If one is in and the person asking is out?

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    #8

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    What do you call them then? I had no idea of the proper term , so I used what came in handy.
    I think "toilet" in BrE. A "bathroom" would be a room where there is a bath and/or shower and perhaps also a toilet. Not something you're likely to find on a train.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 24-Jul-2012 at 16:19.

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    #9

    Re: in vs on

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I think "toilet" in BrE. A "bathroom" would be a room where there is a bath and/or shower and perhaps also a toilet. Not something you're likely to find on a train.
    I do firmly believe that AmE is in no way inferior to BrE. I have no time for Brits who claim that English is 'our language', and that Americans have ruined it.

    However, I can't help being amused by the AmE 'bathroom' euphemism. I remember laughing out loud when I first travelled on a train with an American colleague who excused himself to 'go to the bathroom'.

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