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    into or on?

    Hi there,
    I don't know why 'into' is used in each of the following sentences. can i use 'onto'? any difference between 'into' and 'onto'?


    1. They got into the boat.
    2. They took him into the boat.

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    Re: into or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I don't know why 'into' is used in each of the following sentences. can i use 'onto'? any difference between 'into' and 'onto'?


    1. They got into the boat.
    2. They took him into the boat.

    thanks

    pete


    Onto is a preposition of movement. The place is perceived as a "surface":

    He jumped onto/on the stage. - the preposition onto shows movement toward a surface.

    Into is a preposition of movement as well:

    They got into [inside] the boat. - the preposition into shows movement toward the interior of a volume.


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    Re: into or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I don't know why 'into' is used in each of the following sentences. can i use 'onto'? any difference between 'into' and 'onto'?


    1. They got into the boat.
    2. They took him into the boat.

    thanks

    pete
    No, "into" is correct since when you get into a boat you are surrounded by all sides by the sides of the boat.

    You would use "onto" when there is a flat surface.

    He climbed onto the stage to receive his award.

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    Re: into or on?

    Hi there,
    how about 'got into a sampan', or 'got onto a sampan'?


    Sampan is a small boat with a flat bottom used along the coasts and rivers of China and South East Asia

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    Re: into or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    how about 'got into a sampan', or 'got onto a sampan'?


    Sampan is a small boat with a flat bottom used along the coasts and rivers of China and South East Asia
    The rule of thumb for in and on is as follows:
    If you walk on, use on.
    If you crouch down to get on, use in.
    Examples
    Get on the boat / get in the boat
    Get on the plane / get in the plane
    Get in the taxi / get on the taxi (on its roof)
    Get in the bus / get on the bus

    I stepped into the boat (put my foot inside the boat)
    I stepped onto the boat (walked onto the boat's deck)


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    Re: into or on?

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    how about 'got into a sampan', or 'got onto a sampan'?


    Sampan is a small boat with a flat bottom used along the coasts and rivers of China and South East Asia
    It may have a flat bottom....but it still has sides to it.

    He got into a sampan is correct.

    He got onto the raft is also correct but here there are no sides. A raft is usually flat.

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    #7

    Re: into or on?

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot. The explanations are very clear.
    But I still have a question:

    1. I play football at the playground/ in the playground every day?
    2. I do stretching at the playground /in the playground every day.

    many thanks

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    Re: into or on?

    1. ... in the playground (emphasizes what you are doing there)

    2. ... at the playground (emphasizes where you are)

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