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    "on board"

    Hi,

    Is there something wrong with the scentence below?

    "There was a UN flag on board the spaceship."

    Why "on board"? Why not just "There was a UN flag on the spaceship."?

    Thank you!

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    Re: "on board"

    "On" would make you think the flag was on the outside of the ship, like painted on the side of it.

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    Re: "on board"

    Personally, I only use "on board" in adjectival phrases like "on-board services" and prefer "aboard" for adverbial phrases, as in "all aboard!"

    You can say the flag was "on" the spaceship, no problem. But it's a ship, not a vehicle, so people who love the sea prefer nautical terms.

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    Re: "on board"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "On" would make you think the flag was on the outside of the ship, like painted on the side of it.
    So when it is"a flag on board the spaceship", is it on the outside of the ship or the inside?

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    Re: "on board"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    So when it is"a flag on board the spaceship", is it on the outside of the ship or the inside?
    It is an item carried inside the ship.

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