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    is it correct to say I travel on train or by train


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    Re: preposition

    You can say 'get on a train', but you definitely say 'travel by train'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eave View Post
    You can say 'get on a train', but you definitely say 'travel by train'.
    Most native speakers would tend to say they travel " on the train".
    "I go to work on the train" is more common and less formal than "I go to work by train".
    Similarly, "I come home on the bus" rather than "I come home by bus".


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    I did not know that.
    But is it also grammatically acceptable? I mean, if the native speakers use it, do the native philologists also use it? Because so far I have been teaching my students the 'by train' version. Could I actually tell them it's OK to use travel on train?

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    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by eave View Post
    I did not know that.
    But is it also grammatically acceptable? I mean, if the native speakers use it, do the native philologists also use it? Because so far I have been teaching my students the 'by train' version. Could I actually tell them it's OK to use travel on train?
    I can only reply as a native speaker, but I can assure you that "I travel on the train" is more common usage than "....by train".
    Notice, though, it's always "on the train", never just "on train".
    Having said that, both "by train" and "on the train" are equally acceptable-it's just that most ordinary people use "on the train".
    Hope this helps,
    Buggles (Not a teacher)

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