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    #1

    The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Can either word be used? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Have you looked up 'under' in any dictionary?

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    #3

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    I am confused by the sentence "The train moved through the tunnel."

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    #4

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    That's correct. If it moved under a tunnel, it would be in another tunnel underneath the first. If it's short enough to move under, it's a bridge, not a tunnel. Think of a tunnel as a tube.

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    #5

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    It's a commonly misused concept. I used to work on the Eurostar trains between London and Paris. Those trains travel in/through the Channel Tunnel but I have heard the phrase "I'm under the Channel Tunnel. It's so exciting!" more times than I care to count. Being "under the Channel Tunnel" would be impossible, impractical and fatal!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Call me ignorant, but to me, the original concept of a boat sailing either "through" or "under" a tunnel sounds strange, unless you are speaking of the boats/gondolas in a fun park attraction (such as "The Tunnel of Love" or a rollercoaster).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Call me ignorant, but to me, the original concept of a boat sailing either "through" or "under" a tunnel sounds strange, unless you are speaking of the boats/gondolas in a fun park attraction (such as "The Tunnel of Love" or a rollercoaster).
    Barges go through tunnels frequently. See here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    I shall be away in May on a narrowboat holiday. I shall go through at least six tunnels.

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    #9

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Barges go through tunnels frequently. See here.
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I shall be away in May on a narrowboat holiday. I shall go through at least six tunnels.
    So it's official then: luckily for everyone potentially involved, I'm not making a living in any field even remotely connected to sailing!
    Last edited by charliedeut; 03-Mar-2014 at 15:36. Reason: fixing typo
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    #10

    Re: The boat is sailing under/through the tunnel.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a commonly misused concept. I used to work on the Eurostar trains between London and Paris. Those trains travel in/through the Channel Tunnel but I have heard the phrase "I'm under the Channel Tunnel. It's so exciting!" more times than I care to count. Being "under the Channel Tunnel" would be impossible, impractical and fatal!
    But somewhere like this gives scope for all sorts of strange prepositions; there really is a tunnel under the canal. Best not to try sailing through it though

    b

    PS 5JJ - quite near where I was born, so probably on the Grand Union Canal.

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