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    #1

    People would feel safer and more comfortable in/on my plane.

    L26 What will I be?
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    Maybe I'll be an engineer and build planes. I like building model planes. I might build a new type of plane someday. People would feel safer and more comfortable in my plane.

    (English for Fun 8A, an English textbook for junior high school students in China, published by DC Canada Education Publishing and Hebei Education Press)

    I wonder if the “in” in the last sentence is correct. Should it be ‘on’?

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    #2

    Re: People would feel safer and more comfortable in/on my plane.

    Good question.

    We use 'on' for large vehicles: I'm on the bus/plane/QE2/train, and 'in' for small ones: I'm in the car/taxi/rickshaw/tuk-tuk.

    The first plane you build will be a small one, so use 'in'.

    Ollie Gark landed at JFK in his Cessna Skymaster.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Aug-2019 at 08:58.

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    #3

    Re: People would feel safer and more comfortable in/on my plane.

    I agree with Rover_KE that the size/design of the plane is what determines the choice of preposition.

    If you imagine a very small plane with space for just a few people, use in. If you imagine a bigger plane, where people are able to walk up and down (on a deck), use on.


    Another point I'd make here is that I believe the speaker used in because he was imagining people contained inside the cabin of the plane.

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