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    Transport

    Good Afternoon

    I am hoping you can help me.

    Please could you explain why we say

    in a car or taxi, but
    on a bus, train, ferry, plane etc

    Many thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards

    Diane Coleman

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    Re: Transport

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Good Afternoon

    I am hoping you can help me.

    Please could you explain why we say

    in a car or taxi, but
    on a bus, train, ferry, plane etc

    Many thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards

    Diane Coleman
    Hi
    In and on are used with means of transportation[and not only]: in is used with a car, on with public or commercial means of transportation:

    in the car
    on the bus
    on the plane
    on the train
    on the ship

    Some speakers of English make a further distinction for public modes of transportation, using in when the carrier is stationary and on when it is in motion.

    My wife stayed in/on the bus while I got out at the rest stop.
    The passengers sat in/on the plane awaiting takeoff.

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